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South Derbyshire school pupils given lessons in the dangers of carrying knives

Posted on 7th March 2017
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Hundreds of teenagers at a Derbyshire secondary school have been given lessons in the consequences of carrying a knife by our Safer Neighbourhood officers. 

Members of our Etwall Safer Neighbourhood Team visited John Port School, in Etwall, to give presentations to 650 year 10 and 11 pupils. 

The lessons were delivered last week by PCSOs Kelly Horne and Kerry Wallington-Waite as part of Project ZAO - an operation to take knives off the street and educate people about the very real dangers of knives. 

Kelly said: “It was great to be able to go to the school and speak to so many young people. 

“This school has not got a particular problem with knife crime but the inputs were part of a wider project across Derbyshire to educate people about the dangers of carrying a knife and what the consequences can be.” 

Lee Shepherd, assistant head teacher at John Port School, said: “The presentations were hard-hitting, relevant and very emotional in parts. All students were mature and attentive.  They had time to ask individual questions at the end of the sessions and knew more about the dangers and the law than before the presentations.” 

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