Stop Knife Crime in the UK
Knife crime in the UK is always prevalent in our news and appears to be steadily rising for reasons including homicide, attempted murder, threats to kill, assault, robbery, rape and sexual assault.
Our streets no longer feel safe, communities are shattered through loss of young lives and imprisonments and it needs to stop NOW.
Many that carry knives say they carry them for their own protection, but evidence shows that those who carry knives for their own protection are more likely to become a victim as the knife can often be turned on them. However, some experts argue that often it is a fear of gangs and crime that leads to young people carrying knives because they believe it will help to keep them safe. Those weapons may then be used again which could make the number of violent incidents increase.
If you keep up to date with the news, you will soon realise that this problem isn't just from the youths, but from men and women of all ages.
Change Your Life, Put Down Your Knife!
At Londoncrime, we have strong feelings on knife crime and this page is testament to that, but when we heard that there is a new campaign that is gaining a huge following, we felt it was only right to give our support!
Change Your Life, Put Down Your Knife! was recently formed by Ben Spann and it has became one of the fastest growing campaign groups in the UK. Please, read the following from Ben, and follow the links to join in with campaign and help make a difference!
I started this campaign around 6 months ago, building the foundations for what has turned out to be the fastest growing knife campaign group in the U.K. With the support from our members and many reformed high profile criminals like Terry Ellis, Vinny Bradish and Chris Lambrianou we have managed to create a message that is here to stay.
We are the group that represents the people mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles, but most of all every child in the U.K.
Our campaign values are simple, Prevent, Rehabilitate and Educate. We are fully aware that there is a lot of work involved to get us to where we want to be, but we need the support from every parent and grandparent to give us the voice we need. To be able to stand up for what is right, our future generations shouldnt feel the need to have to carry a blade as a necessity like a phone or watch.
We are here to say we will not tolerate our kids being groomed into gangs, we will not tolerate our kids being the victims or the perpetrators of knife crime. Enough is enough.
We are doing great things, but as you can imagine there is no over night fix. We are looking to do educational talks in schools and youth facilities all over the U.K. (once Covid allows us). We are looking at ways to keep our future generations occupied since funding for youth facilities has been cut year upon year. Our campaign is enrolling new schemes on a weekly basis as well as being affiliated with many sport facilities locally and across U.K. We have the pleasure of working with Leamington amateur boxing club ran by Ollie O’Neil who are doing fantastic work with our youth and also Aces boxing club ran by Harmi Singh. We are currently in the process of becoming Coventry city supporters club main sponsor displaying our logo on there new kits. We are also working with homeless and youth services and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Not all kids are sports minded so we are working closely with Hills FM, a coventry based radio station. Thanks for the support of our members and we look forward to all new members who have the same views on this subject. Ben
Follow "Change you life, Put down your knife" on FaceBook on facebook and join the discussions and
As well as joining in on campaign above, keep close and get in touch with local organisations that are working hard to rid the streets of Knife crime. If they are looking for volunteers to help, why not spare them some time?
We've followed the progress of a great community based organisation in London called "Binning Knives Saves Lives" headed up by Courtney Barrett, who started the initiative saying that he had been motivated by rising levels of knife crime close to his home in Leytonstone.
"Binning Knives Saves Lives" aim is to change the mindset of people as there is hope – if we all pull together we can make a massive difference. Aiming to visit busy places every week such as schools, colleges, churches and mosques to mentor youths and aim to unite as many organisations as possible with their knife amnesty bin to remove as many knives as possible off our streets.
Since the start of LONDONCRIME we have always had a close relationship and give our full support to "The Kofficial Foundation". For years the UK, and numerous other countries, has had to deal with austerity measures brought in by governments which inevitably has been passed onto local councils and authorities meaning a decrease in public funding for the youth of today. In essence this has created a lack of public services to enable children to reach their full potential resulting in gang warfare, knife crime and gun crime at an ever-evolving rate, thus destroying communities at the core. KOfficial’s aim is to revive and help set up programmes within local communities and help gyms to enable these youngsters to come off the streets to learn discipline, self-defence and nutrition. The concept of being part of a family, teaching them respect and hopefully enabling such changes may, inevitably produce future generations of world champions. Let's help to make the KOfficial ethos happen. Get in the ring! Or show your support and buy some decent designer sportswear and clothing from their terrific range at The Kofficial Store
Together we can make this possible.
Each and every one of us can make a difference by helping organisations, talking to your children, signing petitions and staying active. It's too easy to sit and watch more attacks and deaths unfold on the news. It will take perseverance and teamwork to make our streets safer. Share videos, images and use your social media to gain some following for this cause. Below we have a selection of images, films and more that you can share. These have been created by some great people that all wish to see an end to knife crime. They have put their own time into this, CAN YOU put some weight behind this campaign? HELP TO STOP KNIFE CRIME!
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Tackling knife crime is a priority for the police; whether you want to find out how you can help yourself, your friends or family you'll find practical help and advice HERE