Campaign to highlight the cost of carrying a knife
Monday 8th May 2017 @ 01:00 by Adam Higgins
Greater Manchester News

People who carry knives are being targeted as part of a national week of awareness this week.

From today (Monday), Greater Manchester Police are joining other police forces and appeal directly to those who carry a knife to make them aware of the often fatal consequences of doing so.

Throughout the week, police will be warning people carrying a knife of the increased risk of potential injury, prison time and death.

Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley, from the Xcalibre Task Force at GMP, said: “Those who carry a knife often cite it’s for self-protection, but that’s not an excuse. If you carry a knife or offensive weapon you are breaking the law and can face up to four years in prison.

“It’s not just the lives of other people you put at risk when carrying a knife, national statistics show that those who carry a knife or offensive weapon are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed themselves.

“I also wish to appeal to those who associate with people who carry knives. Even if it’s not you personally carrying the knife, if you’re with someone who uses a weapon to injure or kill, you too could be prosecuted and sent to prison under the law of ‘joint enterprise’.

“To put it simply, it’s not worth the risk. Leave the knife at home and encourage others to do so.”

Consultant Paramedic for North West Ambulance Service, Dan Smith, said: “We have seen, firsthand, the devastating effects of knife crime and urge people to think twice before leaving the house armed.

“Too many people lose their lives as a result of knife crime and I hope that people understand the terrible consequences for the victims and family members.”

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

Raising awareness: DCI Debbie Dooley and NWAS Consultant Paramedic, Dan Smith