Hundreds of people chanting “no more knives” marched through Romford city centre tonight in memory of Jodie Chesney. Generations of families including mums and dads with babies, and grandparents gathered to join the march to Romford police station to protest cuts to policing after the 17-year-old was killed last Friday. Ribbons, balloons and streamers in Jodie’s favourite colour purple decorated the route and bystanders paused to clap the crowd as they passed. It was organised by members of the community, and promoted on Facebook group Havering Safe Streets in the wake of Jodie's murder in nearby Harold Hill. Essex Police have lost 600 officers and 300 PCSOs since 2010 due to funding cuts. Holding a home-made placard calling for an end to knife crime Laura Godfrey, 34, said: “I’m fed up with kids losing their lives to knives. "Police cuts are to blame. There just aren’t enough to do the job and it’s not right. The government needs to employ … [Read more...] about Hundreds chant “no more knives” on march in memory of killed teen Jodie Chesney
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A sculpture made from around 100,000 knives handed into police during weapons amnesties around the UK has been erected in Hull. The sculpture, in Queens Gardens was made at the British Ironworks Centre in Shropshire, by sculptor Alfie Bradley. Police say the Knife Angel stands 27 feet tall and is a monument against violence and aggression, and a memorial to those who have lost their lives to knife crime, with some victims' families having messages engraved on the wings. It has been brought to the city by Humberbeat for its 'No More Knives' campaign. … [Read more...] about Sculpture made from 100,000 knives erected in Hull
New measures preventing knife crime could see children as young as 12 put on a social media ban for carrying the weapons. Like an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo), knife crime prevention orders will place "rules" on people who are found carrying knives - and one of the punishments could see their social media use limited. It is hoped this will stop gang rivalries building up online and then spilling onto the streets. The order, brought in to England and Wales by home secretary Sajid Javid, can be issued to anyone aged 12 or above who is believed by police to routinely carry a blade. A breach of it could result in up to two years imprisonment. The orders could also be put on people with prior convictions for knife related offences and those caught could be required to have curfews and attend knife crime awareness courses, as well as limit social media time. The restrictions relating to social media are hoped to prevent the rapid escalation of disputes among gangs. Introducing the … [Read more...] about Kids caught carrying knives will be banned from social media
A 27ft sculpture made of knives is coming to Hull to show the impact of knife culture and crime. The sculpture, 'Knife Angel', is made up with over 100,000 weapons collected in a knife amnesty. It is in the shape of an angel and engraved with messages from families of victims of knife crime. The sculpture was made to tour the UK but has so far only been shown in Liverpool - making Hull the second city to host it. It will be visiting the city as part of the #NoMoreKnives campaign, launched by Hull Live last year alongside the RICH Foundation in a bid to rid the region's streets of knife crime. After months of planning, the campaign has been able to secure the Knife Angel's visit to Hull. It will arrive in Queens Gardens next week and will stay for a month, before the second leg of the #NoMoreKnives campaign bursts into action to teach the region's youngsters the consequences of carrying knives. Two of the people responsible for bringing the angel to Hull are PC Chris Sewell and PCSO … [Read more...] about Why a HUGE 27ft angel made of 100,000 knives is coming to Hull
Updated 1654 GMT (0054 HKT) December 15, 2018 London (CNN)After a long day at work, Tilisha Goupall returned to her London home, made dinner and switched on the TV, just like any other night. It was after 10.30 p.m. that she realized her 15-year-old brother, Jermaine, was more than an hour late home from the movies, so she sent him a message on Snapchat. He never read it. Just minutes later, a police officer and a friend of Jermaine's knocked at her door -- her little brother had been stabbed, they told her. They led Goupall to a spot just two streets away, where the 26-year-old saw blood seeping onto the pavement from a police tent. She pushed past onlookers to talk to the authorities, only to be told Jermaine was dead. "I just collapsed and cried -- the trauma from that moment made everything black," Goupall told CNN at her home, in the south London borough of Croydon. Goupall points out the route by which her brother fled from the gang, two streets from their family's home. … [Read more...] about Knives and gangs: What’s driving Britain’s broken boys to crime?