Powerful film aims to stop young people carrying knives

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A HARD-HITTING film illustrating the consequences of carrying a knife is to be shown to young people across Suffolk as part of the county’s police led Bin a Blade campaign.

The film, produced by LBV TV, begins as a video game where two characters are arguing in the street. A third person intervenes, but one of the characters pulls out a knife and it is no longer a game, it is real life.

Police officers arrive on the scene and call an ambulance, before arresting the knife-carrying teenager who is put into a custody cell.

Chief Constable Simon Ash said: “The film at first looks like a trailer for the latest game, but as soon as the knife comes out it’s clear that this isn’t just an animation. The real-life footage takes over and you’re left with one injured young man and another who has caused that injury and will be prosecuted.

“I hope that this really hits home with the young people who will be seeing the film as part of educational inputs at schools. We will also be looking to place the film on community TV around the county to bring the message to a wider audience, that carrying a knife is unacceptable.”

The film also features an interview with teenage anti-knife campaigner Holly Watson, who speaks about how the death of her brother, who was stabbed in Sudbury two years ago, affected her life.

Holly said: “It was difficult to speak about my experiences, but I wanted to show others just how devastating it can be when someone carries a knife – for you, for your friends and family, and for the rest of the community.

“I will be taking my message into schools, along with an interactive virtual ‘wall’ where young people can sign a brick on the wall to pledge not to carry a knife. Those who pledge will also receive a wristband to demonstrate their commitment. It’s not cool to carry a knife – but it is cool to wear a wristband and join with your friends to pledge.”

Permanent knife bins remain situated outside Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Lowestoft and Ipswich police stations, with 6,125 knives handed in during Suffolk’s initial year-long Bin a Blade amnesty.

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