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Police warning over knife crime

Knives taken off the streets after a police knife amnesty Photo: ITV News

People who carry knives for protection are being warned that they are actually putting themselves at greater risk of being injured or killed. Greater Manchester Police is joining other forces across the UK as part of week-long national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives. Throughout the week, officers will be carrying out a variety of enforcement and education tactics, including joint Trading Standards visits to shops selling knives, high visibility patrols and presentations in schools.

People who carry a knife often say it is to protect them, but we want people to know those who carry a knife or offensive weapon are more likely to be seriously injured or killed themselves. Not only that, carrying a knife or offensive weapon is against the law and you could face up to four years in prison

– Spt Glenn Jones, Greater Manchester Police
Police are warning that knives take lives Credit: GMP

Police are also warning the friends and families who know their loved ones carry knives could also be prosecuted and sent to prison under the law of ‘joint enterprise’. They are being encouraged to report them and help save lives.

Knife crime devastates the lives of victims and their families and brings misery and fear to our communities. We need to work together – police, local authorities, the voluntary sector and the public – to ensure that everyone understands that carrying a knife can easily end in tragedy. By raising awareness of the consequences I hope that people will make the right decision and not carry a knife. By making the right choice we can save lives and keep our streets safe.

– Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Greater Manchester