GMP crack down on knives
Wednesday 14th February 2018 @ 15:38 by Lee Wild
News Oldham

Greater Manchester Police joined other forces across the UK this week as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

All this week police are 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’.

They are encouraged to report them and help save lives.

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

The Greater Manchester element of the campaign was launched at the Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre.

Superintendent Glenn Jones,  knife crime lead for the whole of Greater Manchester, explained why Oldham was chosen: “There are six districts within Greater Manchester Police, six district areas that have a higher proportion of knife crime and knife enabled crime recorded issues and incidents. Oldham is unfortunately one of those areas.

“So we wanted to highlight what Oldham is trying to do, and how Oldham Boxing Personal Development Centre is working with young people towards something that is more engaging and more focused.”

He added that by engaging with young people, the centre helped reduce anti-social behaviour and to take young people carrying knives out of the frame.

Chief Inspector John Haywood of GMP’s Oldham Borough, hopes that parents will become involved in taking responsibility for their children.

He said: “This is about raising the awareness of the implications of carrying knives, but particularly what we want to focus on this week, as well as enforcement activity, is the preventative work.”

The week-long campaign finishes on Sunday, but a working group will continue to work to reduce knife crime.