Enough is Enough of Youth Stabbing

This event addressed the issues of youth stabbing in Southwark Borough funded by the MOPAC and the SSNP. Participants were also invited to give their views regarding youth stabbing. Police from Southwark borough safer schools team and the British Transport Police were at the World of Hope community event, held at Harris Academy in Peckham. They were doing workshops and talking to adults and young people from the local community. They were joined by community leaders to listen to the local residents and work together to find solutions to important issues. There will be more events from the World of Hope programme and police in the future, more information will be shared in due course. To our readers, please get involved in your local community events and help us make the work we’re doing count even more.

The maximum penalty for carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and a fine of £5,000. If you have information about crime and but feel unable to speak to the police, you can contact Crimestoppens anonymously on 0800 555 111. Help stop knife and gun crime. Sir Robert Peel stated, “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police.” That is a powerful thought and one which can sometimes be forgotten. Police personnel are members of the public, too. We are all in this together and we must work together to combat issues such as violent crime. By working together and providing means of empowering our communities, we are empowering our police to be more effective in reducing crime and making our streets safer. We work in synergy with each other, a healthy relationship is incumbent on the public being given the opportunity to play their role in being champions of their communities.

The law is clear that if your presence, knowledge or actions lead to a crime you could also be charged for the same crime. This also means that it’s not just the person who uses the knife or gun that could be charged. It could be anyone who was with them, or knew or did something which led to it happening.

1. For protection
2. Status
3. Availability of weapon
4. Media coverage

1. The family of the victim or perpetrator will have to live with the impact
2. False sense of security as most people die at the hand of their own knives
3. Criminal records limit chances at a better future
4. Bacteria on the knifes can cause wounds to be more fatal and dangerous than usually
5. The entire community suffers the loss

1. Warning letters and interviews, behaviour contracts and neighbour agreements
2. Conflict resolution meetings
3. Fixed Penalty Notices and Penalty Notices for Disorder
4. Parenting Orders and Individual Support Orders
5. Noise Abatement Notices
6. Community Protection Notices
7. Injunctions, Criminal Behaviour Orders
8. Premises Closure Orders
9. Possession Proceedings Against a Tenant

1. Do not take away a life, it also takes away yours
2. Better say safe than sorry. Safety, however, is not found in a knife
3. Know your friends, are they good or bad influence?
4. Where there Is hope, there is a way. Try to find hope in every situation
5. We are part of the solution. Why don't you become one?