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Parents encouraged to speak to children about knife crime

There have been a number of fatal stabbings in the Midlands over the summer months.

Some weekends have seen multiple incidents on the same day.

West Midlands Police has said it is going to increase the number of searches. They also say it is not necessarily gangs they are concerned about but people who have never been in trouble before who are starting to carry knives.

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Teen in court after Stechford Lane stabbing

A 17-year-old Kitts Green boy has appeared before magistrates this morning, accused of stabbing a man in the heart.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, was arrested at his home yesterday morning by detectives investigating the attack. He is charged with wounding and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 22-year-old, from Alum Rock, was attacked at around 9pm on Stechford Lane this Tuesday. He remains in hospital following major surgery but is believed to be recovering well.

Joshua Ribera: knife crime awareness event in Birmingham following recent murders

Joshua Ribera was fatally stabbed outside a nightclub in Selly Oak in Birmingham in September 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

Two teenagers who were stabbed to death in Birmingham on the same day a year apart will be remembered at a knife crime awareness event in the city.

Peace Day, hosted by Activating Creative Talent (ACT), will commemorate the lives of grime artist Joshua Ribera, 18, and Kyle Sheehan, 16.

Ribera, also known as Depzman, was stabbed to death in September last year at a memorial party for Sheehan.

More than 2,500 people are expected at the event which will take place at The Rep.

Throughout the day there will be a mixture of stalls that include children's entertainment, live music and information on bringing peace to the community.

The evening will see performances from Lady Leshurr, Nimawa Jazz, Invasion, Daps on the Map, Malik (MD7) and local dance groups.

Kyle Sheehan was stabbed in the leg in Bartley Green Credit: West Midlands Police

I think the Peace Day is a fantastic idea and will raise awareness of the effects of knife crime in the area.

It is so important that we get the anti-violence message to young people of the city and encourage communities to work together in order to stamp out knife crime.

– Alison Cope, Depzman's mother

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Where can knives be handed over?

The first three secure knife surrender bins to be set up in Birmingham will be installed at:

  • New Testament Church Of God, New Spring Street Hockley
  • New Testament Church Of God, 240-244 Lozells Road Birmingham
  • New Testament Church of God, Goosemore Lane, Erdington

The bins allow people to hand over their weapons anonymously, and comes as part of efforts to tackle knife crime in the city.

Knife amnesty launched in Birmingham

A knife amnesty will launch in Birmingham today as part of efforts to tackle knife-related crime in the city.

Secure knife bins will be installed at neighbourhood centres, meaning people can hand over their weapons anonymously.

The amnesty is part of efforts to tackle knife crime in the city Credit: Katie Collins/PA

The drive comes after residents called for the community knife surrender.

It was backed by young people who voted in support of the idea at a meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner's youth summit in December.

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