Cam­paign to high­light knives risks

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A two-week aware­ness cam­paign has be­gun in Ash­ford to warn young peo­ple about the dan­gers of car­ry­ing knives.

The cam­paign, which be­gan on Mon­day, will see po­lice of­fi­cers, Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers and Vol­un­teer Po­lice Cadets visit a num­ber of schools, col­leges and youth clubs in the area.

They will be pro­vid­ing talks, shar­ing sto­ries and en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to make bet­ter life choices with the aim to pro­mote safety in the district, re­duce knife crime and as­so­ci­ated of­fences and tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

There will also be an op­por­tu­nity for school chil­dren and stu­dents to ask ques­tions.

Ch Insp An­drew Somerville said: “Kent Po­lice is com­mit­ted to tack­ling knife crime and re­mov­ing dan­ger­ous weapons such as knives from our com­mu­ni­ties.

“The aim of this spe­cific cam­paign is to help ed­u­cate young peo­ple by fur­ther rais­ing aware­ness of the dan­gers of car­ry­ing knives and high­light some of the se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions and dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences of do­ing so.”

He added: “We will not be com­pla­cent when it comes to knife crime and it is im­por­tant that we work with young­sters at an early age as car­ry­ing knives can never be­come so­cially ac­cept­able and it is more likely they will get hurt or ar­rested than stay safe.

“Our of­fi­cers will also be vis­it­ing pop­u­lar ar­eas of Ash­ford, where we know large groups of young peo­ple con­gre­gate, and will con­tinue to build a strong re­la­tion­ship with them and oth­ers in our com­mu­nity.

“We will also be work­ing with part­ner agen­cies to iden­tify any vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als who are at risk and need to be sign­posted to the most ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port.”

Peo­ple in Ash­ford will see posters and leaflets on dis­play, which pro­mote the anti-knife cam­paign, in var­i­ous re­tail out­lets in­clud­ing shops that sell knives.

Of­fi­cers will be in County Square to an­swer ques­tions and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion next Thurs­day (Fe­bru­ary 15) and Fri­day (Fe­bru­ary 16) from 9.30am.

The cam­paign ends next Fri­day.

A cam­paign to warn young peo­ple about the dan­gers of car­ry­ing knives has been launched

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