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Knife crime: "Don't go to prison due to someone else's stupidity"

Did you know you can go to prison if someone you are with uses a knife to commit a serious crime?

Under joint enterprise law, if your presence, knowledge or actions lead to a serious crime such as murder you too could be charged with murder. This means that it is not just the person who uses a knife that could be charged with murder, it could be anyone who was with them, or knew or did something which led to it happening.

In other words, if you know someone is carrying a knife and that knife is then used to kill someone you too could be charged with murder. Do you want to take that risk?

As part of their four week knife surrender campaign, officers from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are urging people to think about the types of people they are associating with and the potential trouble they could get into.

Chief Inspector Sharon Cannings said: "Everyone is responsible for the choices they make. If you know someone is carrying a knife, you can make the choice to report it to the police.

"That choice could be the difference between life and death, the difference between you going to prison or not.

"Make the right choice. If you're concerned about someone carrying knife then tell the police.

"If you're worried about this ruining your friendship with that person then ask yourself the question 'do I want to be friends with type of person who carries a knife?'"

Anyone concerned that someone is carrying a knife can call the police on 101. If it is an emergency call 999. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Until 16th October people can surrender their knives anonymously at a knife surrender bin at any of the police stations below.

  • Hereford
  • Kidderminster
  • Leamington Spa
  • Nuneaton
  • Redditch
  • Rugby
  • Shrewsbury
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Telford
  • Worcester


People surrendering knives will not be required to leave any information but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime they will examine it for evidence.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 02/10/17