Check out some sharp facts!
- Possession of a knife carries a prison sentence of up to 4 years even if its NOT used.
- It is illegal to carry a knife or offensive weapon in a public place without a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include those who need them for work, like carpet fitters or fishermen but this only applies while they’re actually at work.
- An offensive weapon is any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having the offensive weapon with them for such use by them or some other person. It is also illegal to carry a ‘disguised knife’ – anything with a concealed blade or sharp point that’s made to look like an everyday object, like a pen, lighter etc.
- It is illegal for shops to sell knives to anyone under 18,this includes kitchen knives and cutlery.
- If you are caught carrying a knife it doesn’t matter if it was for your own protection or you were carrying it for someone else. You will be arrested and may be prosecuted. Self Protection is NOT a reasonable excuse for carrying an offensive weapon.
- Police can and do stop and search anyone they think is carrying an offensive weapon.
- You are much more likely to get stabbed yourself if you carry a knife as situations involving offensive weapons can quickly get out of control.
- There is NO ‘safe place’ to stab someone in the body. Get stabbed in the heart and you can lose all of your blood in one minute. A wound in the arm or leg can also cause death if an artery is severed.
- If you stab someone and they die, you face a life sentence and could serve a minimum of 25 years.
- If you have a criminal record you may not be accepted to university or get a job or be able to travel to some countries like USA, Canada or Australia.
- Knife Crime affects EVERYONE, not just the people carrying and using knives. Innocent bystanders can get caught up in the dispute and suffer injury or trauma. Your friends and family will also suffer either due to your arrest or your injury or death. If you are in immediate danger call 999.
If anyone has any information on knife crime or knows someone who is carrying a knife please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or if you prefer you can contact KHT’s Contact Centre’s number on 0151 290 7000. Alternatively you could report this online at www.fearless.org/en/give-info