Char­ity slams knif­ing ‘prank’

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A BIZARRE skit on Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent that saw Mel B pre­tend to stab Si­mon Cow­ell has been blasted by a knife crime char­ity.

The seg­ment came up in the quar­ter finals of the US tal­ent show.

Mel was only us­ing a fake blade.

But cam­paign­ers against knife crime have hit out at light hearted jokes which “triv­i­alise” the deadly prob­lem of weapons on the streets.

Pa­trick Green, a spokesman for the Ben Kin­sella Trust, which works to ed­u­cate young peo­ple on the deadly cost of knife crime said it is al­ready an up­hill bat­tle to get young­sters to take the is­sue se­ri­ously.

He said: “Triv­i­al­i­sa­tion of knife crime doesn’t help young peo­ple in terms of as­sess­ing the risks par­tic­u­larly in terms of car­ry­ing knives.

“They feel that if they carry a knife they can pro­tect them­selves.

“They don’t re­ally un­der­stand the risks they run.

“This sort of thing isn’t help­ing young peo­ple to make safe de­ci­sions.”

Spokes­men for the show, Si­mon Cow­ell and Mel B were con­tacted for com­ment.

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