Teenagers who've been victims of knife crime in Birmingham are preparing for a show to warn others against carrying knives and weapons. It's after fatal stabbings in the city have trebled in the last year.
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)