This week Year 9 and 10 students took part in a assemblies about knife crime, run by the Lancashire Constabulary.
During the assemblies our students received a truthful and hard hitting message about the causes and effects of knife crime. The police officers shared information with our students about the risks and causes of gang culture and ‘County Lines’.
‘County Lines’ is a term used when drug gangs from cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs.
It’s illegal to carry a knife, even if it belongs to somebody else. If you are caught you will be arrested and could end up in court or prison. The police can search anyone they suspect of carrying a knife. If you intend to use it as a weapon, even in self-defence, you could receive a prison sentence of up to 4 years.
Some people carry a knife for protection or to make them feel safer. However, research shows that you’re actually more likely to become a victim of crime if you carry a knife.
If parents or students have any concerns about friends or family involved in knife crime, gangs or drugs, they can anonymously contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, Childline on 0800 1111, or visit https://www.trusted2know.co.uk/gangs-and-knives/