Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Knife killer boasted of crime

Jonathan Kean aged 23 was jailed for life yesterday in Glasgow, for the murder of disabled Martin Broadley. Kean shouted "I'm Jocky, I've been on the telly, I've just murdered some guy" to a group of youths as he ran from the scene.

Lord Turnbull ordered that he must serve at least 12 years before he can apply for parole.
The judge said "You have pled guilty to a despicable act of violence perpetrated on an innocent and vulnerable man who was a complete stranger to you and for no apparent reason."
Ashley Edwards, prosecuting, told the court that Kean had a number of convictions for violence and possession of a knife.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

New Lord Chief Justice vows to be tough on knife crime

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, said knife crime must be "eradicated".(Article Here)

Lord Judge spoke as he trebled a teenager's sentence for repeatedly stabbing a refugee following a row over the quality of chips.

Sitting at the Appeal Court with Mr Justice Owen and Mr Justice Christopher Clarke, he said the youth's 12-month sentence was "significantly unduly lenient" given the injuries inflicted on his victim, who lost 1.2 litres of blood in the November 2007 attack.

Abdul Jabarkhil, who had fled a war zone for the apparent safe haven of London, was stabbed six times by the youth, who cannot be named, after a late-night row at the Dixie Chicken take-away in Golders Green, north London.

Mr Jabarkhil had refused a full refund for chips that were said to be below-standard.

Lord Judge said: "Let us repeat this message from the court: Those who carry knives on the streets, and use them to wound and injure, must expect severe punishment. No ifs, no buts, no perhaps.

"We must do what we can to eradicate this dreadful problem of knives being carried and used."

The chip shop row culminated in the friend hurling chips at Mr Jabarkhil and restaurant's staff ushering the teenagers onto the street.

Mr Jabarkhil was then punched by another of the youth's accomplices outside and repeatedly stabbed by the 16-year-old.

The youth was detained for 12 months at Harrow Crown Court in June this year after admitting wounding with intent. His two accomplices received lesser sentences after admitting affray.

The case reached the Appeal Court as Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, called for an increase in the 16-year-old's "unduly lenient" sentence.

Lord Judge, appointed as the new Lord Chief Justice last week, agreed the sentence was too light and upped the sentence to three years.
Telegraph 08/10/08

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Community Champions

You may remember that CABOT with Communities Against Knife Crime set up a petition with 10 Downing Street to promote the setting up of Community Champions in the fight against knife crime.
Neighbourhoods are no longer communities, they lack the spirit of bygone years.
Champions are needed to bring neighbourhoods together and to act as a springboard between agencies and the public.For example, too often these days, stories are to be found in local papers about bodies being found weeks, months and in some cases years, before they are discovered. When this happens, local people are quick enough to slate the local authority and social services. Surely, we are all to blame equally?
Years ago, when the milk was left on the step of a neighbour or the newspaper or mail were sticking out of a letterbox the community rallied and notified the correct authorities that there may be a problem.
This was community spirit, not surveillance or interference.
*Find a neighbour, exchange phone numbers, tell them if you are going away!
*Look out for more vulnerable neighbours - if you are concerned about them talk to your local Police Community Support Officer, they can pop round and check if a person is all right.
This is another role Community Champions could take on, they could be a point of liaison between the authorities and the community.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Quiet weekend?

Looking at all the on line newspapers this morning, to see if there is anything to update this Blog, I was so pleased to see London has had a quiet weekend on the knife front......... However, I then looked at the Midlands.
Overshadowing everything else for me these past few days (not actually knife crime related) is the death of Shaun Dykes in Derby, and the behaviour of a "significant minority" {sic} who goaded and taunted him until he jumped to his death, and according to popular press, rushed to film him on mobile phones during and after the fall to his death.
What a side indictment of society - Is human life really that cheap to some? I don't suppose the people who did this are capable of shame because of their actions, for a second.
If you are suffering, dispairing or just need to talk to someone, PLEASE call or email the Samaritans Here

Saturday, 4 October 2008

D**khead of the year award (Retail).......

.............. Has to go to TK Maxx!
Who would be so utterly reprehensible and irresponsible in this climate of fear to market free knives with a jacket purchase??????
Appalling, wrong & lots of other words I will not use on a Blog that can be accessed by under 18's!

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Community justice pilots get the go ahead

Six areas in the UK are to pilot citizens panels to suggest community sentences for local offenders. Leicester, Manchester, Suffolk, Hampshire, Wiltshire and north Wales are the areas chosen and if the pilots are successful the initiative will go country wide.
The scheme has been initiated in the wake of Louise Casey's report to the Government which showed there was a need for communities to be involved in the justice process.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Don't back down David!

Society is broken, not just fractured in places, broken so badly that the bone protrudes from the skin and a series of operations is needed to repair it!
Imagine for a second that you had a knife in your hand, could you just casually thrust out your arm and take a life away without a thought for the person you were attacking? Without a thought for the family and friends that are left to grieve for a life cut short - perhaps a life that would have been used to cure cancer or write the next classic novel?
There are people who can, they must be dead on the inside. Society needs to be fixed. It needs more than a band-aid.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Times London Teenage Murder Victims

2008 murders (before September 16th)

January 1: Henry Bolombi, 17, dies from a single stab wound to the chest after being attacked as he walked home in Edmonton, North London, after celebrating New Year

January 5: Faridon Alizada, 18, of Bexley, south-east London, dies from three stab wounds to the chest after being attacked in Verona House, a tower block in Erith

January 21: Boduka Mudianga, 18, known by his middle name Louis, stabbed to death in street brawl in Silver Street, Edmonton

January 26: Fuad Buraleh, 19, of Hayes, Middlesex, dies from head injury inflicted after he got off a bus in Dean Gardens, Uxbridge Road, Ealing

February 19: Sunday Essiet, 15, died from a stab wound. He was attacked after a row between groups of youths in Invermore Place, Woolwich

February 23: Tung Le, 17, of Deptford, south-east London, was attacked during a row outside a nightclub in Cockspur Street. He died from a stab wound

February 29: Ofiyke Nmezu, 16, known as Iyke, of Edmonton, suffered a head injury in an attack with a brick on February 15. He attended hospital two weeks later where he died from a skull fracture

March 13: Michael Jones, 18, dies from severe head injuries and a stab wound to the chest after being attacked by an intruder at his home Stanley Road, Edmonton

March 14: Nicholas Clarke, 19, dies from a gunshot wound to the head after a shooting at the Myatts Field Estate, Brixton

March 27: Devoe Roach, 17, dies after apparently being stabbed in the chest in Stamford Hill, north London

March 27: Amro Elbadawi, 14, of West Kilburn, dies from stab wound after being knifed in Queen's Park, West London

May 3: Lyle Tulloch, 15, from Peckham, south London, is fatally stabbed in a stairway of a block of flats

May 10: Jimmy Mizen, 16, is attacked with a shard of glass in a bakery in Lee, south east London

May 24: Rob Knox, 18, is stabbed to death in a fight outside the Metro Bar in Station Road, Sidcup

May 28: Sharmaarke Hassan, 17, dies in hospital after being shot in the head in Camden, north London, on May 24

June 2: Arsema Dawit, 15, is stabbed to death in a block of flats near Waterloo station

June 29: Ben Kinsella, 16, dies after he is stabbed in York Way, Islington

July 3: Shakilus Townsend, 16, dies after being stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat in Thorton Heath, south London

July 7: David Idowu, 14, a Southwark schoolboy, dies almost three weeks after being stabbed in an attack

July 10: Melvin Bryan, 18, two charged with his murder in a flat on Gloucester Road, Upper Edmonton

July 17: Freddie Moody, 18, was murdered after a water pistol fight turned violent in Stockwell, South London

August 6: Ryan Bravo, 18, is shot dead outside a supermarket in Walworth, South London. He was mistakenly shot in the back as gunmen targeted two fleeing youths

August 16: Nilanthan Murddi, 17, dies in hospital after being stabbed in the neck in Croydon, South London

August 24: Charles Hendricks, 18, known as CJ, is fatally stabbed near a bus garage in Walthamstow, East London

August 31: Shaquille Smith, 14, dies from a single stab wound to the stomach after he and his sister, 16, are attacked by a gang of youths outside their home in Hackney, East London

September 13: Oliver Kingonzila, 19, semi professional footballer stabbed during a fight outside a nightclub in Croydon

This list is reproduced from the Times On line the original article can be found here.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Jacqui Smith Statement -"people are entitled to feel unsafe on the streets because of knife crime."

"I understand why people are worried when they see, particularly, young people using knives on other young people, and some of the tragic deaths we have seen.

"That is why we need to be very tough with enforcement and send out a clear message: you will not make yourself safer by carrying a knife."

There has been widespread concern about knife crime after a spate of fatal stabbings of young people, particularly in London.

Earlier this year the Government released figures which showed that one person is stabbed every four minutes.
From the Telegraph .

By Christopher Hope, Home Affairs Editor

* Thought of the day

Why don't the UK Government sort out their own back yard instead of making it their policy to involve us in the affairs of other countries?

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Peace March London

* Over 10,000 marched to protest knife crime - Well done Guys Keep the pressure up!

"Thousands of people including families and friends of gun and knife crime victims have begun two peace marches across London to Hyde Park.

The first march began from Kennington Park, south London, while another began from Caledonian Road, north London.

Relatives of Damilola Taylor, killed in 2000, and Ben Kinsella, stabbed to death this year, are taking part.

The idea was started on Facebook by two London women. The marchers chanted "Stop the knives, save lives".

Onlookers clapped and some motorists beeped their horns in a show support.

On the eve of the march, a man in his 20s was stabbed to death outside a club in Brixton, south London.

Organisers hope that tens of thousands of people will take part in a bid to stop people from carrying knives.

Gary Trowsdale, special projects organiser for the Damilola Taylor Trust which organised the event, said the rally was about taking a stand against violence.

I don't think enough is being done to combat the situation and this is a good opportunity to show that we are not going to give up the fight
Ivette Bryon-Graham, mother of knife-crime victim

He told BBC News: "It all came about from a group of people on Facebook, just coming together, really, and crying out for change after the death of Ben Kinsella.

"It's more about the people who have decided enough is enough, and before it happens to someone in their family, they want to come together and make a stand.

"The fact is, if we can reach out to the good kids, and there are a lot more of them, and everybody can come together like this, then there is no reason why this epidemic can't be put behind us."

The idea for the People's March, originally started by Sharon Singh and Gemma Olway, both 26 and living in south west London, has received strong backing from several national newspapers.

As many as 40 families directly affected by knife violence are expected to attend.

Speaking on the BBC's Breakfast programme, Damilola Taylor's father Richard said: "What we feel the impact of today's march will be is to send a message to young people that enough is enough of these killings.

Damilola Taylor
Damilola Taylor's father has called for parents to take greater responsibility

"There are other ways by which you can sort out a fight rather than use a knife. We have had enough of this."

Mr Taylor also called for families to take greater responsibility for "guiding" their children.

Rosie Ogazi, whose 21-year-old brother Antony was murdered in Stockwell in May, will also be at the march.

She said: "Since my brother died I'd felt I had not been doing anything but now I feel like I'm doing something constructive.

"It makes me feel useful. It will be good to see that my brother's death has not been in vain."

Also attending the procession will be Ivette Bryon-Graham, whose son Javarie Crighton was stabbed to death in Peckham last year.

She said: "I've been blessed by the support of these people. I don't think I would have coped without it.

Speakers and music

"I don't think enough is being done to combat the situation and this is a good opportunity to show that we are not going to give up the fight.

"If we save just one person then that would be a good benefit."

The marchers will congregate in Hyde Park at 1330 BST for a rally including speakers and music.

Hundreds of people will also be taking part in another anti-gun and knife crime march in north-west London at midday.

The Not Another Drop march, which is in its fifth year, begins in Harlesden and ends in Wembley Stadium.

About 2,000 people are also expected to attend an anti-knife march in Inverclyde, Scotland."
This article is reproduced from BBC News 24

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Attempted murer of Police Officer

Off-duty officer stabbed in chest

An off-duty policeman has been stabbed several times while trying to break up a fight in Derbyshire.

The detective sergeant tried to stop a fight involving a group of people as he walked along Church Street, Dronfield.

After identifying himself as a police officer, he was stabbed in the chest and arm. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A 29-year-old man from Dronfield has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

The officer, who has not been named, is being treated at Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital.
BBC News 24

Monday, 15 September 2008

Petition Accepted

Our Epetition has just been accepted by the Prime Ministers office..... It reads as follows

"Where communities are strong and cohesive, crime and fear of crime is lessened. More needs to be done to address the underling causes of knife crime and boost communities. This could be achieved by the setting up of local community champions within the existing framework of local participation. Working alongside judicial reform which makes carrying concealed weapons an offence which carries a mandatory prison sentence would go a long way to promoting public confidence."
If you wish to sign the petition, the link is here.

Thank you

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Damians Law update

It's A Law That Will Save Lives

Sep 10 2008

JOHN Muir's son, Damian, was stabbed to death last year by a thug out on bail for another knife offence.

He was stabbed eight times in a vicious, sustained and unprovoked street attack.

The senseless killing has shattered a whole family.

But yesterday John, 69, put aside his grief to speak passionately at the Scottish parliament about a law that could spare other families the same pain.

In a moving, eloquent speech he called on MSPs to back proposals for Damian's Law - automatic jail for all knife crime, including carrying a deadly weapon.

Flanked by Damian's brother and sisters, he said thousands of young men carried knives as casually as most of us carry mobile phones.

And every time they did, they went out equipped to kill.

Support for Damian's Law is growing. And the Muirs' dignified campaign will only add to the calls for an effective response to the growing menace posed by Scotland's blades culture.

So far, more than 15,000 people have signed a petition.

Senior Labour MSPs have thrown their weight behind behind the campaign.

Scots QC Paul McBride has backed it, too. He is convinced the threat of jail will deter young men from leaving home with a lethal weapon.

Public alarm and expert opinion should not be ignored. It is time for politicians on all sides to get behind Damian's Law.

Because one thing is certain - we need action to end the tide of killings.

Scotland has one of the highest murder rates in Europe.

And blades are the most common murder weapon by far, used in about half of killings.

In the last 10 years, 524 lives have been claimed by knife-wielding thugs in Scotland. And scores more victims have been maimed for life.

Everyone agrees something must be done.

But if the government's reluctance to back automatic jail terms for knife crime is based on their desire to reduce the numbers in Scots prisons, that is not acceptable.

Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill has his priorities back to front if he is ducking a chance to curb knife crime for the sake of artificial prison targets.

Holyrood's petitions committee will now conduct an inquiry.

And if the evidence suggests that Damian's Law would deter knife thugs,it should go on the statute book.
The Daily Record On line (here)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Awaiting approval

Communities against knife crime have submitted an epetition request to 10 Downing Street asking for community champions be funded and recruited in the fight against knife crime to lessen fear of crime and promote stronger communities.
Hopefully, it won't be rejected like the request we submitted a few days ago!
If accepted we will be publishing a link on our Blog, websites and networking sites.


Thursday, 4 September 2008


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Monday, 1 September 2008

Enough to make your blood chill

I apologise again, for printing an article in it's entirety, but it contains lots of statistics and a story to make your blood chill...........

"A young mum confronts her neighbour wielding a samurai sword in one hand and a kitchen knife in the other.

The mum-of-two, aged 24, who has a third weapon stuffed into her jeans, screams threats and waves the deadly blades as her six-year-old daughter stands at her side.

As the sickening scene unfolds, a group of youths hurl abuse at the unemployed single mum, who only backs off when someone shouts that the police are coming.

As she retreats, one ned shouts: "You f*****g junkie cow. I hope you fall and stab yourself."

The mum, who lives with her daughter and two-year-old son in Toryglen on Glasgow's south side, was arrested and charged soon after the incident on Thursday night. She appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday where she pled not guilty to breach of the peace and three offences of knife possession.

Leaving court, the woman wept when asked to explain her behaviour.

She said: "I was just trying to defend my children. If you live where I do, you need to stand up for yourself or die.

"The couple down the stairs from us had been fighting and I tried to break it up because my six-year-old daughter was playing and I had my two-year-old son in the pram and I didn't want them to see the fight. But the guy then came at me, pushed me and told me he was going to murder me, then he pulled out a knife.

"I went upstairs and grabbed the samurai sword and the kitchen knife, then went out to face him - I wasn't going to let anyone talk tome like that.

"He lunged at me with his knife, but I came right back at him with mine and he ran away.

"There was some other teenagers around and they were shouting and swearing at me. Then the police came and I was taken and thrown in the cell."

She added: "It's a dog-eat-dog world and you need to defend yourself. The police aren't going to do anything for you where I live.

"The samurai sword looks the part but you could snap it in two - that's why I took the kitchen knife. This guy attacked me in front of my children and pushed over the pramholding my baby son.

"My life is being turned upside down by the whole thing. I still have to live upstairs from these people but I am too scared to go home now."

The pictures are from a video clip filmed on a mobile phone and passed to the Record by a shocked neighbour who didn't want to be named.

He said: "People should know what is really going on in Scotland's communities.

"This street is totally wild. I just want to move out of the place as soon as possible.

"There are fights every day. If the police don't show up on any given night, you begin to wonder if something is wrong.

"This young woman has her problems, but there is no excuse for this kind of thing. She claims she was trying to defend her kids, but what could be worse than them seeing their mum like that?

"Knife culture is out of control. Anyone who isn't involved is scared to come out of their house - it is a nightmare."

Figures published last month showed nearly 300 crimes involving lethal weapons committed over one week in Scotland.

The rate of knife crimes - including murders and serious assaults - stands at a staggering 15,000 a year.

The findings, which equate to 40 knife incidents every day, were based on every blade crime committed in Scotland during a seven-day period.

The study showed a total of 280 blade offences, with Scotland's largest police force, Strathclyde, suffering the highest incidence with 227.

Of these, 103 were charges of possessing a knife - but 124 were on a sliding scale of violence and included murder involving a samurai sword. Other crimes involving knives included 13 attempted murders, 51 serious assaults and 59 simple assaults.

Knife crime represented nearly a sixth of all the 798 violent crimes committed over the week.

The latest statistics show that more than half of all murders committed in the Strathclyde force area involve knives.

The figures indicate that, of the 73 murders reported in Strathclyde between 2006 and 2007, 40 involved a knife - that's 55 per cent of all killings.

Of 380 attempted murders, 208 involved a knife, while a third of the 4050 serious assaults involved a blade.

Rates of murder with a knife in Scotland are 3.5 times higher than in England and Wales. Last month, as part of Strathclyde Police's Campaign Against Violence, officers seized thousands of knives and other weapons from the Stuff shop in Glasgow city centre.

The Scottish government announced they were considering a licensing scheme for knife dealers, which would include records of a customer's age and identity.

The Violence Reduction Unit, set up by Strathclyde Police in 2005 but now a Scotland-wide body, was behind changes to bail laws.

Now anyone caught for the second time with a knife is opposed bail in a move which has resulted in a 100 per cent increase per month in those on remand for knife possession.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, head of the VRU, said: "It's not easy but knife crime is a big problem.

"We do need to concentrate on gangs and violence and alcohol, which is inextricably linked to the problem in Scotland, but we should not be afraid to say it will take a generation to fix."

'My samurai sword looks the part but you could snap it in two - that's why I took the kitchen knife as well'"

By John Ferguson And Craig Mcdonald

Thank you to the Daily Record

What a week

The toll of teenagers killed by knife crime has risen again with a 16 year old boy being stabbed to death in liverpool and a 14 year old boy being killed in London.
The local Councillor is correct in his statement that communities take a stand against knife crime, it seems that education, information and pro-social modelling need to be carried out, by all who come into contact with youth.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

More on Scotland

"It is the preoccupation of MSPs and police officers - parts of Scotland are blighted by a street culture of slashing and slaughter. Nearly 12,000 people were treated for knife wounds last year, a stabbing rate that is 3 times higher than in England and Wales". This article by

Monday, 25 August 2008

Damian's Law (petition)

If you wish to make a difference there is a petition here asking that carrying a knife means a mandatory prison sentence.
In 2007 Damian Muir aged 34 was stabbed to death for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, his family are campaigning for a change in Scottish Judiciary to change the law.
Please read and sign the petition if you are in agreement with the content.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Devon Police get tough on knife crime

Police in Devon and Cornwall are using tasers to restrain armed offenders (story here) sending a strong message of zero tolerance to people carrying knives in their area.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Words of a knife victims sister

"Words can't express how I feel right now. My brother is gone but every day, every second we will be thinking of him. He was energetic, always giving a helping hand whenever it was needed. My father cannot accept his only son is dead. He keeps repeating the words 'he's gone' over and over again."
Full article here.

Enough said.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Join our Facebook group

Communities against knife crime................ If you decide to join and show your support, please send invites to all the people on your friend list. Just click on the link to Facebook in the right hand column to go directly to the page.
Thank you

Footballers say no to knife crime

Footballers say no to knife crime as high profile names like Beckham and Ferdinand join voices with the Home Secretary to fight against knife crime.
New figures revealed that almost 750 people have been stopped and searched every day since a £2 million knife crime blitz was launched in June.
Officers have stopped 55,000 people, arrested 2,500 suspects and seized 1,600 knives during operations in 10 violent hotspots in England and Wales.
The full article can be found here

Monday, 18 August 2008

The total of teenagers knifed to death in London this year, reached 23 this weekend.
Sometimes the futility of it all makes me wonder what the point is. Society is so broken, you have to wonder if it ever can be fixed. Elsewhere in the country, knife crime seems to be reaching epidemic proportions.
It is up to everybody
  • complain
  • demonstrate (peacefully and legally)
  • write to your local Councillors, MP's and the Prime Minister
  • write to your local newspapers
  • petition
Take a stand in any proactive manner you can think of, as long as you don't put yourself at risk and become another statistic.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Direct Gov pages about knife crime

The following article is taken from the Direct Gov web pages.

Knife crime, particularly amongst young people, is in the news almost every day. At the moment, a number of different rules apply to knives and it isn't always immediately clear what is legal and what isn't.

What is and isn't legal

the maximum penalty for carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5000
  • it is illegal for any shop to sell a knife of any kind (including cutlery and kitchen knives) to anyone under the age of 18
  • it is generally an offence to carry a knife in public without good reason or lawful authority (for example, a good reason is a chef on the way to work carrying their own knives)
  • the maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5000
  • knives where the blade folds into the handle, like a Swiss Army Knife, aren't illegal as long as the blade is shorter than three inches (7.62 cms)

Offensive weapons

If a knife is used in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife), it is regarded as an 'offensive weapon' by the law. This is also the case with things like screwdrivers - once used in a threatening manner, they are treated as offensive weapons. It is an offence to carry an offensive weapon in a public place, if you don't have a reasonable excuse. This means that carrying something that could be viewed as an offensive weapon, and then using it in a threatening way, could mean that you are prosecuted. The penalty is up to four years' imprisonment and/or a fine.

There is a complete ban on the sale of certain types of knives categorised as offensive weapons, regardless of their use, these include:

  • flick knives - knives where the blade is hidden inside the handle and shoots out when a button is pressed; these are also called 'switchblades' or 'automatic knives'
  • butterfly knives - where the blade is hidden inside a handle that splits in two around it, like wings; the handles swing around the blade to open or close it
  • disguised knives - where the blade is hidden inside something like a belt buckle or fake mobile phone

The police's 'Stop and Search' powers

Police officers may stop you, and have the right to search any person or vehicle, if they suspect you of an offence - including carrying an offensive weapon. Weapons regarded as offensive include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • flick knives
  • gravity knives
  • knuckle-dusters
  • sword-sticks
  • samurai swords
  • hand-claws
  • foot-claws
  • belt-buckle knives
  • push daggers
  • butterfly knives
  • blow-pipes or guns
  • kubotan (cylindrical container, holding spikes)
  • shuriken (also known as 'death stars' or 'throwing stars')
  • telescopic truncheons (automatically extending)
  • kusari-gama (sickle attached to a rope, cord or wire)
  • kyoketsu-shoge (hook-knife attached to a rope, cord or wire)
  • kusari (weight attached to a rope, cord or wire)
  • disguised knives (for example, lipstick knives)
  • stealth knives
  • straight, side-handled or friction-lock truncheons

Searches in schools and colleges

School staff in England have the power to search, without consent, any pupil they suspect of carrying a knife or other weapon in school, or on an educational visit. Schools can also screen pupils at random, without suspicion, using a screening arch or an electronic 'wand'. Schools are not required by the law to inform a parent before performing a search, or to get parental consent. It is a criminal offence to bring a knife or other offensive weapon into school.

Manchester youth murdered

In the latest news a 16 year old youth in Manchester has died on his way to hospital after being stabbed.
The latest Home Office figures suggest that there is one victim of knife crime in the UK every 4 minutes. Gordon Brown is proclaiming knife crime will not be tolerated and more severe punishments will be meted out to offenders caught carrying or using knives.
In a separate study, it is claimed there were 130,000 violent offences in the UK last years involving knives.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Gangs become role models for Scottish children

In the Record today, a study was published (here) with 30% of Scottish youth not considering a parent as a role model. 1700 young people took part in the survey and 62% thought joining a gang was a way to find a sense of identity.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Guns Vs Knives

It appears that knives are overtaking guns as the weapons of choice for teenage gangs. 18 out of the 23 teenagers murdered in London this year have been stabbed to death.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Man 38 sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray then threatened with knife

In Plymouth a man was sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray and threatened with a knife by a gang he approached and asked to pick up litter they had thrown, other members of the gang were encouraging the youth with the knife to stab the man, who luckily managed to drive off before this threat could be carried out.
It makes a mockery of Jacqui Smith, telling the public to confront antisocial behaviour head on, when so many decent citizens who have taken this approach have been injured or killed.
Pepper spray is outlawed in the UK, even the Police are using a substitute, because of the harm it can cause.
Owners of Internet sites from Europe and the US should be prosecuted if they sell products like tasers and CS gas to the UK.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Welcome to communities against knife crime

Welcome to communities against knife crime. On my other Blog, Enough to make the Angels Weep, I was being bogged down (or I guess that should be blogged down) with articles on knife crime, so I thought, "Hey, let's create another Blog dedicated to this blot on society.
Fair warning to readers, this Blog will not be wrapped up in pretty paper, it will 'tell it how it is'
The sad waste of life is appalling and needs to be addressed. The Prime Minister has at least one aspect right in his address yesterday on knife crime, communities should be as responsible as anyone else for putting across a message that knife crime is wrong. This should be a holistic package and people should be partnership working with existing agencies to redress this issue.
Unfortunately the Prime Minister is unavailable by email at present as the service is being worked on, as it may not be a bad idea to lobby constantly about light or non existing sentencing for the carrying of knives.