Reducing knife crime: statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner
Speaking about knife crime and reducing violent crime more
generally, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones
"Knife crime, although uncommon, can have tragic consequences,
as we have seen recently, with the deaths of Joshua Ribera,
Christina Edkins, Azim Azam, Hassan Mahmood, Mohammed Saleem, and
Big Issue sellers Wayne Lee Busst and Ian
Watson-Gladwish. It causes unimaginable pain and heartache
when lives are ended too soon, and particularly cruel anguish
when the victims are young people.
"As Alison Cope, Joshua's mother, said to me last week, what's
needed is a change in attitudes, a recognition that carrying a
knife doesn't earn respect and doesn't offer protection. As
international rap and reggae artist Roach Killa said at the recent
Youth Summit: 'Drop the knife, pick up a pen'
"Young people at our recent Youth Summit have been
developing plans for a campaign against youth violence including a
knife surrender. The details will be announced
shortly. However, the key things are that the campaign must
come from, be supported by, and implemented in the community.
If it is genuinely led by young people, supported by the police and
our partners, then together we can reduce the threat posed by knife
crime in our communities."