Mothers show their support for city’s knife amnesty

By Mel Hawes

Two mothers who lost their sons to knife crime have shown their support for the launch of Leicestershire Police’s #LivesNotKnives campaign.

The campaign sees bins placed in six police stations across the city for four weeks in order to reduce the amount of young people who are carrying knives.

Amy Morgan, the mother of Tyler Tompson who died last November after being stabbed, said: “It’s just so hard as there was no illness, no warning, just a phone call telling me that my child had been stabbed and was not breathing.

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Bins can be found in six stations across the city

“Knife crime ruins lives. Please think about your actions. This needs to stop.”

The amnesty is part of a nationwide campaign to reduce the amount of knives being carried and to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime.

The knife bins can be found at Mansfield House, Beaumont Leys, Braunstone, Spinney Hill, Keyham Lane and Hinkley Road police stations.

Cheryl Armatrading, the mother of 20-year-old Antoin Akpom who was stabbed to death in September 2013, said: “My message to those who carry knives is this: think of the ripple effect of your action and listen to a mother’s cry”.

The bins will be in place for four weeks. Those who wish to hand in knives should ensure that they are covered and placed in a bag or container before handing them into a police station.

Leicestershire Police launch knife amnesty

By Mel Hawes

Today Leicestershire Police have launched a month-long amnesty for those who carry knives on the streets of Leicester.

Bins have been placed in six police stations across the city as part of a nationwide attempt to reduce knife crime.

Superintendent Kerry Smith said: “The bins will be in place for four weeks and I would urge anyone who carries a knife in public to take it straight to one of these bins and get rid of it.”

knife-crime-web-banner_1The #LivesNotKnives campaign has been introduced to educate young people about the dangers of carrying knives, and reduce the number of knife-related offences in the city.

Knife bins can be found at Mansfield House, Beaumont Leys, Braunstone, Spinney Hill, Keyham Lane and Hinkley Road police stations.

Those who are planning to hand in knives should ensure that they are covered and placed in a bag or container before taking them to a participating station.

 

#LivesNotKnives – knife amnesty begins

A month-long amnesty has been launched today (Thursday 20 October) for those who carry knives on the streets of Leicester.

Amnesty bins have been installed in six police stations in and around the city where people can safely dispose of knives.

The initiative is part of a majoimg_20161019_135446-jpg-340x340_q85r campaign called #LivesNotKnives that was launched this week to combat knife crime.

The bins can be found at the following police stations:

Superintendent Kerry Smith said:

“The bins will be in place for four weeks and I would urge anyone who carries a knife in public to take it straight to one of these bins and get rid of it.

“While overall knife crime has remained pretty stable over the last few years, the number of people caught in possession of knives has recently increased, and that is not only unacceptable but will not be tolerated.

“Knives cost lives and can have a devastating consequence on all those involved, from the victim and their family to the perpetrator and their loved ones. Simply being caught in possession of a knife or bladed instrument in public can lead to a four year prison sentence.

“I would strongly advise those who think, for whatever reason, it is acceptable and necessary to carry a knife to take it straight to one of these bins and get rid of it.”

The #LivesNotKnives campaign coincides with a national week of action being undertaken by police forces up and down the country to tackle knife crime.

The campaign hopes to:

  • reduce the number of knife-related offences within the city
  • educate and inform young people regarding the dangers of carrying knives; and
  • target young people who are believed to be carrying knives and to bring them to justice.

Those planning to hand in their knives should ensure they are covered and placed in a bag or container before being taken to a participating police station.