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Essex charity gets £30,000 for anti-knife crime work

The mother of Colchester teenager Jay Whiston who was stabbed to death at a house party in 2012 has been awarded nearly £30,000 for her anti-knife crime campaign work.

Caroline Shearer's been given the Home Office money for a project for 'children under threat' called CUT.

Essex charity gets £30,000 for anti-knife crime work Credit: ITV Anglia

"We're pleased to receive a grant from the Home office regarding our CUT project and cut standing for children under threat it just means that will be able to reach more and more children or more adults. We've already tried it once in Harwich and not only the children were coming up we had pensioners coming up to learn so they could go back and train and teach their grandchildren and that's what we want we want to get this message out you know the dangers of knives where children can report knives where children can tell people if they don't want to speak to the police and they have got worries where they can go to and what who they can contact."

– Caroline Shearer
Essex charity gets £30,000 for anti-knife crime work Credit: ITV Anglia

The project will visit various locations across Essex and has taken a lot of work to put together.

"It was quite hard actually because we had to go back from when we started and how far we come and we had to get all the statistics so we gathered over the years together and then we have to get some profiles together of what people behind us backing us were, the IPCC and the Essex police and we have put it all together and then we had to come up with a project or we knew about this project what we wanted to do somewhere anyway but we wanted to make sure it was through the whole of Essex"

– Caroline Shearer