School talks on risks of carrying knives
PUPILS in secondary schools across the borough are being visited by a police roadshow highlighting the dangers of knife crime.
The visits are part of Leicestershire Police’s Lives not Knives (LNT) campaign which has just marked its first anniversary.
The initiative was launched last October to inform both youngsters and adults about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.
According to Govern- ment statistics, crimes involving a blade across Leicestershire have jumped by more than a third in a year from 260 in 2015/16 to 350 up to June 2017.
One of the latest schools to receive the talk as part of the Youth Knife Crime Awareness Programme was Redmoor Academy on Wykin Road, Hinckley.
A police spokesman said on knife crime: “Setting aside the damage inflicted by a knife on a life, the potential legal consequences for those who carry a knife - and use in acts of violence - are severe.
“For simply carrying a knife in a public place or on school premises, the maximum penalty if convicted is four years in prison. Those found on more than one occasion to be in possession of a knife face a minimum sentence of six months.
“For offences when a knife is used on another person or in the commission of a crime - such as a street robbery - the punishments become even more life-changing.
“Using a knife or another bladed instrument, depending on the circumstances and nature of injuries caused, can lead to offenders being charged with a range of offences, from assault to Section 18 Causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with intent, from attempted murder to manslaughter and ultimately murder.”
While many may think knife crime is a blight which only affects big cities, police are keen to point out that attacks can, and do, happen everywhere.
Just this summer an offender was jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of causing GBH with intent after he stabbed a pub customer outside the Union Inn in Hinckley.
The victim, aged 32, had intervened when Darryn Scullion began verbally abusing staff at the pub last July.
Scullion, aged 41, of no fixed abode, was sentenced in June at Birmingham Crown Court. He was also given a six month sentence for possession of a knife to run concurrently.
Scullion had pulled out a knife during the confrontation and sliced a huge wound in his victim’s back, exposing his internal organs. Scullion was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court in May.
Community officers have also been conducting searches in local parks and open spaces and found two bladed items, a small saw and a serrated edge knife concealed in a hedgerow.