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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


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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Serial killer took 'selfie' moments before attacking men

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy took a grinning selfie of herself in the back of her car moments before she selected and stabbed her fourth and fifth victims.

The photograph, shown to jurors in the trial of her two alleged accomplices, shows the 31-year-old murderer posing and sticking out her tongue.

Joanna Dennehy took this photograph of herself moments before attacking two men. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police/PA Wire

By the time the photograph was taken, Dennehy had already killed three men in Cambridgeshire. After the snapshot she randomly targeted two dog walkers in Hereford. Both men suffered multiple injuries but survived.

Mark Lloyd, who was in the same car as Dennehy and her alleged accomplice Gary Stretch, told Cambridge Crown Court that Dennehy had been driven by a thirst for blood.

Describing the attack on the first man, Robin Bereza, he said: "I thought she was going to mug him but then it twigged on me. I thought 'You just want blood'."

Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, has admitted murder. She has also admitted the attempted murders of Mr Bereza and John Rogers and preventing the lawful and decent burial of all three murder victims.

Gary 'Stretch' Richards and another man, Leslie Layton, are standing trial accused of helping her dispose of the bodies and covering up her crimes. The trial continues.

Xbox robber sentenced to three years behind bars

A thief who threatened a man with a knife to rob an Xbox controller, has been sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court, to three and a half years in a young offenders institute.

Joseph Lubasi, of Redhill Road, Arnold, was found guilty of robbery and being in possession of a knife.

Joseph Lubasi has been sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution... Credit: Nottingham Police

The 19 year-old attacked the man on Arnold High-street, at 10.30am on Sunday 18th August 2013.

Mr Lubasi punched the victim to the ground before demanding the games-console controller and his phone, before two members of the public intervened.

Detective Constable Corriane Allen said:

"This was a nasty attack and the victim has been badly affected as a result... If it had not been for the members of the public who intervened, it could have been more serious."

Organisers hail 'Knives End Lives' show a success

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.

Knife crime awareness performance

The parents of schoolgirl Christina Edkins, who was stabbed on a bus in Birmingham in March, are expected to watch a performance tonight produced by young people affected by knife crime.

In the last 18 months, ten people have been fatally stabbed in Birmingham.

Christina Edkins was stabbed in March on a bus in Birmingham Credit: West Midlands Police

Teenagers at the Lighthouse Young People's centre in Birmingham have joined forces with the police to produce the show.

Christina's parents may attend tonight's performance Credit: West Midlands Police

Earlier this month, Phillip Simelane pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to the manslaughter of Christina Edkins, on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Simelane was sentenced to an indeterminate hospital order.

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