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WATCH: Mother of 21-year-old knife crime murder victim speaks to 400 Derby young people about dangers of carrying a knife.

Posted on 8th October 2018
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A mum of a 21-year-old knife crime murder victim has taken part in a Derby youth summit of 400 young people, to speak about the dangers of carrying a knife. 

The event, a joint partnership between Derbyshire police and Derby College, who hosted the event at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College in Pride Park on Tuesday, October 2. 

Around 400 College students, aged 16-19 years, attended to hear inputs from a range of people, including an ex-gang member who admits to having regularly carried knives for ‘self-protection’ in his past and a current emergency doctor who explains just how quickly a blow from a knife can prove fatal. 

The students were also shown the attached film of one of our police officers, PC Lisa Jones, speaking to Yvonne Upton at the graveyard of her son, Connor, who in 2010 was killed by a man carrying a knife. 

The summit was part of Project Zao, a Derbyshire partnership project to reduce knife crime in the county. 

Inspector Rich Keene, who is in charge of the project, said: “We are extremely thankful to Yvonne for speaking to us about how the death of Connor and how it has had an effect on the lives of his friends, family and loved-ones. 

“There is not an issue of knife-crime at Derby College, however we have worked very closely with them to provide the opportunity for their students to attend this summit so they can witness first-hand the serious implications of carrying a knife. 

“What was particularly pleasing was that a group of Public Services students who had attended a previous summit were so keen to let others experience what they had learnt that they were instrumental in the organisation of this event.” 

Chris Allwright, Student Journey Team Manager at Derby College, said: “This event was important to spread the message amongst our student body on how we can all help to make our communities safer places to live by being aware of knife crime. 

“The Public Services students have done a brilliant job helping to run this and other Project Zao events and I hope they have helped to inspire fellow students at the College to spread these important messages back in their own curriculum areas.” 

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