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Amber Valley officers to visit schools to help prevent knife crime

Posted on 5th October 2018

Our officers in the Amber Valley are set to visit schools in the area as we continue with our work to prevent and reduce knife crime in Derbyshire.

As part of the sessions, youngsters will be shown a video of the mum of a murdered knife crime, who makes an emotional plea to young people not to carry a knife. You can watch a clip of this above.

Yvonne Upton’s 21-year-old son Connor was stabbed and killed in Burton-on-Trent in 2010. She agreed to us filming her at the cemetery where he is buried, in an effort to try and persuade others not to carry a knife.

The sessions are being carried out as part of Derbyshire Constabulary’s Project Zao, which has seen police officers and partnership organisations working together to target knife crime for more than three years.

Inspector Dave Parker, who is in charge of the Amber Valley Local Policing Unit, said: “It is a great opportunity for our officers to talk to young people about the dangers of carrying and using knives. Even carrying a knife holds some potentially serious life-changing consequences and anything we can do to discourage this is important to us, as it can help prevent further violent consequences.”

If you are concerned or have any information about knife crime in your community please contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

Please quote Project Zao.

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting

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