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For young people
The reality of carrying a knife
The consequences – knives shatter lives
Carrying a knife and using it can lead to serious injuries and, sadly, people losing their lives.
There is no ‘safe place’ to get stabbed – a wound in the arm or leg can still kill as much as a wound to the heart, and young people have died due to an artery being severed.
Even when knife crime doesn’t kill, it can leave you with a life changing disability which affects how you live the rest of your life, as well as having a negative mental impact, even for those who weren’t directly involved.
However, the effects are much more widespread, even if there are no injuries.
Family and friendships shattered
Many families are devastated by losing someone they love, whether that’s losing them completely through being a victim of murder, or whether it’s because you’ve committed a crime and they can’t see you because you’re in prison. Younger siblings or family members will grow up without that relationship with you and may even be influenced by the events leading up to this, not to mention being hugely damaging to yours and your families reputation locally.
Travel opportunities shattered
Many countries are very strict on the people they allow in to their country, whether for an extended period or just for a holiday. For example, the USA and Australia will check and if you have a criminal record, this may mean you might never be able to visit or live there.
Career opportunities shattered
There are three main areas where a criminal record will need to be declared – education, travel and jobs. Having a permanent criminal record will make it harder for you to get in to college or university, and some jobs don’t allow any criminal record. This means you might
never get in to your first choice university and, as such, affecting the career you wanted and taking away the potential of achieving your dream job and stability.
If you are simply found to be carrying a weapon, even without intending to use it, you can receive four years in prison. This can also mean a permanent criminal record and, if you hurt someone, you could go to prison for longer.
The Mix (www.themix.org.uk)
Core Victim Support (www.core-derbyshire.com)
The Prince's Trust | Start Something (princes-trust.org.uk)
What to do if you or someone you know carries a knife.
Young people - NKBL (noknivesbetterlives.com)
How to dispose of weapons:
Weapons can be disposed of at your local police station by wrapping them up/putting them in a taped up box.
Throughout the year we will also hold knife amnesties where you can get rid of an offensive weapon via our amnesty bins. For more information on where these can be found: click here.