School talks on risks of car­ry­ing knives

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

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.

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