Night­club attack is lurk­ing dan­ger se­cu­rity staff are only too aware of

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Police Chief -

Se­cu­rity firm boss Oli No­nis says there has been a “mas­sive” rise in knives on the streets in the last three years.

His staff at Akon work the doors of clubs and bars across the city and of­ten dis­cover blades dur­ing searches of cus­tomers.

“It’s a wor­ry­ing trend,” he said. “There used to be a cer­tain type you might sus­pect could be car­ry­ing a knife, but now it is all sorts.

“We have al­ready con­fis­cated one knife on the door this month, but I lost count of how many last year, al­though they are all recorded in our in­ci­dent log.

“I’m not sur­prised there are more knives out there, es­pe­cially with the ris­ing use of drugs and deal­ers be­cause there just isn’t the de­ter­rent.”

Last year, Akon door­men work­ing at The Cuban night­club in Can­ter­bury were con­fronted by a knife-wield­ing thug from London.

Gideon Wal­lace, 19, drew the weapon after he was thrown out of the pop­u­lar venue for vom­it­ing over the bar.

Only the ac­tions of the brave door­men, who rugby tack­led him to the ground, pre­vented a po­ten­tial tragedy.

But Mr No­nis is still an­gry and frus­trated that Wal­lace was spared a prison sen­tence when he was even­tu­ally brought to court.

“The only way to stop peo­ple from car­ry­ing knives is by much harsher sen­tenc­ing, in­clud­ing im­me­di­ate cus­tody,” he said.

“To be hon­est, I started to lose faith in the jus­tice sys­tem some time ago, and I know some police officers, who are in­creas­ingly stretched, feel the same.”

In 2015, the gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced tougher ‘two-strikes’ sen­tenc­ing, mean­ing adults con­victed more than once of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a knife face a min­i­mum six-month jail sen­tence.

From Fe­bru­ary 12 to 18, a na­tion­wide knife amnesty, called Scep­tre, will be in op­er­a­tion.

Oli No­nis of Akon Se­cu­rity

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