Be aware – know the law
Don’t be in the dark about knife crime.
Look at some of the sharp facts below about knife crime…
- Every nine days a teenager in the UK is stabbed.
- Knives are the UK’s number one murder weapon.
- Knife crime isn’t just a gang issue. 89 per cent of knife
murders have nothing to do with gang crime.
- It’s illegal to carry a knife, unless you have a legitimate reason.
- Self-protection is not a reasonable excuse for carrying an
- Carrying a knife can mean four years in prison, even if you don’t
- It’s illegal to buy a knife if you’re under 18 years old.
- The police can stop and search anyone they think is carrying a
- It’s illegal to buy, sell or carry any type of banned knife.
- You don’t have to just stab someone to be in trouble, under a law
called ‘joint enterprise’ you could end up in prison too
even if you didn’t touch or use the weapon.
- By carrying a knife, you’re much more likely to get stabbed
yourself as situations involving weapons can quickly get out of
- There is no ‘safe place’ to stab someone.
It’s important to know…If you have a criminal record you might not be accepted into a college or university, get a job, or travel to some countries, like the USA, Canada or Australia.
Sarah’s story – losing Jack
Jack died from a knife fight – just a chance encounter with someone he’d fallen out with over a disagreement – both parties were carrying knives and there was only one blow from each of them. The incident took no more than 30-60 seconds but Jack was fatally injured and died from a single stab wound to the chest’. Jack’s killer was jailed for 18 years.