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Organisers of a show by young people in Birmingham who've been affected by knife crime say it's been a success.
Tonight's performance at The Lighthouse Young People's Centre was backed by West Midlands Police after ten knife related deaths in the city in the last eighteen months.
Kira Mack and the other members of her group 'Unity 3' hope their performance will make a difference.
Steve Clarke, a musician who has been working with the teenagers over the last month in preparation for tonight's show, is confident their message has got across.
Young musicians in Birmingham are busy rehearsing for a show this Wednesday highlighting the impact and dangers of knife crime.
Teenagers from across the city, who all in some way have been affected by knife related crime, have been meeting at the Lighthouse Young People's Centre for the last few weeks to compose songs and poetry which they will perform on Wednesday 30 October.
Jordan Smith, 17, from Erdington, will sing her version of 'Peace in my soul' by gospel singer Jermaine Edwards.
West Midlands Police say knife crime is down by 60 percent over the last 6 years across the force area, despite a number of high profile stabbings in Birmingham in the last 6 months.
Speaking at rehearsals for a performance by young people affected by knife crime on the dangers of carrying knives, Detective Superintendent Richard Baker says projects like the one at the Lighthouse Young People's Centre are part of the fight against violent crime.
A teenager who almost died when she was stabbed in the face is backing a campaign to stop people carrying knives. It's after the number of fatal stabbings in Birmingham almost tripled in the last year.
Figures from West Midlands Police show the number of people stabbed to death in the city rose from 4 between 2011 and 2012, to 11 in the following year.
But the force says overall, knife crime is down by 60 percent. Chris Halpin reports.
This is one of the acts due to perform at a show by teenagers to highlight the problem of knife crime in Birmingham.
Jemilla Constable. 20, from Winson Green, and her friend Amos Pinnock, 17, from Handsworth, have written and composed this piece for the performance at The Lighthouse Young People's Centre this Wednesday.
They're joining other teenagers who have been affected by knife crime in the city.
This graph shows the number of fatalities from knife related incidents* across the West Midlands Police force area since 2002.
The number of yearly deaths peaked at 12 in both 2002/2003 and 2008/2009.
The lowest recorded number of fatalities was 4 in 2011/2012.
The years run from April to April, and so far in this period across the police force area there have been 6 fatal stabbings - 5 of these in Birmingham.
However police say overall knife crime has been reduced by 60 percent in the last 6 years.
The force say there were 1,445 fewer offences in 2011/2012 compared to the same period in 2008/2009.
*There is no Home Office definition of 'knife crime' however 'knife-enabled crime' (ADR160) includes a variety of offences involving a bladed weapon or sharp instrument, this includes a glass or bottle (broke or unbroken)
Young musicians in Birmingham have joined forces with the police to produce a show about the dangers of carrying knives.
The performance at the Lighthouse Young People's Centre is due to take place this Wednesday and is to highlight the rising number of deaths across the city.
The following ten people have been fatally stabbed in the last 18 months.
- BEN MORUTARE - (Died aged 16, July 2012 in Smethwick)
- NATASHA TREVIS - (Died aged 22, August 2012 in Weoley Castle)
- KYLE SHEEHAN - (Died aged 16, September 2012 in Bartley Green)
- IAN WATSON GLADWISH - (Died aged 31, January 2013, Birmingham City Centre)
- WAYNE BUSST - (Died aged 32, January 2013, Birmingham City Centre)
- CHRISTINA EDKINS - (Died aged 16, March 2013, Hagley Road)
- MOHAMMED SALEEM - (Died aged 82, April 2013, Small Heath)
- HASSAN MAHMOOD - (Died aged 15, July 2013, Yardley)
- AZIM AZAM - (Died aged 16, September 2013, Billesley)
- JOSHUA RIBERA - (Died aged 18, September 2013, Selly Oak)
A teenager who almost died when she was stabbed in the face is backing a campaign to stop people carrying knives.
Amara Darien, 17, moved to Birmingham a year ago after she was attacked while living in London.
She was stabbed by her right eye and nearly slipped into a coma during treatment.
She was trying to protect a friend who was being bullied by a 25-year-old woman, but was stabbed when she stepped in. Amara's attacker was jailed for five years.
Here she explains the extent of her injuries and how it has affected her life.
The 17-year-old is taking part in a show at the Lighthouse Young People's Centre this Wednesday which aims to discouraged people from carrying knives as weapons.
Darnell Humes and Vialli Badley are both taking part in a show at the Lighthouse Young People's Centre on Wednesday to highlight knife crime in the city.
They were both robbed at knifepoint in Birmingham last year and say they are lucky to be alive.
The pair have written and composed this song about the experience, which they will perform at a special performance backed by West Midlands Police on Wednesday evening.
Urban music artist Roach Killa has warned schoolchildren in Birmingham against going out armed with a knife, telling them: "It's not a fashion accessory."
The rapper has thrown his weight behind a campaign by Birmingham City Council to raise awareness following a string of stabbings in the city.
Speaking at Aston Manor School today, he told ITV News Central he had been saddened by the number of crimes involving a knife being reported, and said he wanted to use his voice to get the message across to young people.