Film aims to tackle knife crime

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A HARD-HITTING film showing the consequences of carrying a knife is to be shown to young people across Suffolk as part of the police 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 the game becomes a real life situation.

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 she was affected by the death of her brother, who was stabbed in Sudbury two years ago, and her heartfelt messages to young people considering carrying a knife.

She plans to take her message into schools and ask young people to pledge not to carry a knife by signing a brick on an interactive virtual ‘wall’.

View the video on the Bury Free Press website.