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#1 12.Feb.18 07:43:20


The dangers of knife crime

Dangers of carrying knives showcased in Oldham as part of a national campaign

THE dangers of carrying knives are being showcased in Oldham as part of a national campaign.

From today until February 18, Greater Manchester Police will be warning those who carry a knife that they are far more likely to be injured or killed, and risk being sent to prison for up to four years.

Police are also warning the friends and families who know their loved ones carry knives could also be prosecuted and sent to prison under the law of ‘joint enterprise’.

Throughout the week officers will be working with communities and partner agencies to tackle knife crime through early intervention, education and enforcement.

Activity will be taking place across Greater Manchester, including a variety of enforcement tactics, joint Trading Standards visits to shops selling knives, high visibility patrols and presentations in schools.

Superintendent Glenn Jones for Greater Manchester Police said: “People who carry a knife often say it is to protect them, but we want people to know those who carry a knife or offensive weapon are more likely to be seriously injured or killed themselves.

“Not only that, carrying a knife or offensive weapon is against the law and you could face up to four years in prison.

“We all have a role to play in tackling knife crime and during our week of action we are calling on communities to help us in our fight and encourage others to bin the blade before somebody is seriously hurt.

"It's a vicious circle – their fear is often the reason they carry knives, sadly statistics show that those who carry a knife are more likely to become a victim themselves. Prevention is better than intervention, we need to educate young people to make positive decisions and choose never to carry a knife and for people to report knife crime.”

Throughout the week GMP will be supporting the national campaign using the hashtag #StopKnifeCrime across social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

To report a crime, call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. … m=facebook


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