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Useful websites

If you are worried about knife crime or want to report someone who carries a knife visit the Crimestoppers website or call 0800 555 111.

Advice for victims of crime
If you have been a victim of any crime or been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, help is available for you.

Knives: the laws on buying & carrying
The laws about buying and carrying a knife depend on the type of knife, your age and your circumstances.

Police powers to stop and search: your rights
The police have powers to stop and question you at any time - they can search you depending on the situation.

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Knife crime

In the UK knife crime happens every 24 minutes

Most people who are at risk are young men aged 14-24

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If you get caught carrying a knife without good reason YOU WILL be arrested.

You will have to explain to the police why you are carrying it and if you cannot provide a good enough reason, you will be prosecuted. The maximum sentence for carrying a knife is four years in prison.
Northumbria is a safe area and doesn't have the knife crime problems which are often reported on the news in other places in the UK.

Gov UK: Knives: the laws on buying and carrying
Knife crime has been the subject of national debate in the last few years and some young people are still carrying knives and getting involved in violent crime.

Most people who carry knives are motivated by fear, but by carrying a knife they are increasing the chances of becoming a victim themselves.

Knife crime affects everyone, no matter who you are. Do not think, just because you are a girl or over 30 that you will be excused from it.

Do you know anyone who carries a knife?

The next victim could be you, someone you know, a friend or a family member. Knives are not a game and can be lethal. Ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and help us to make the streets safer.

Crimestoppers will not ask your name, age or where you live and you do not have to give a statement or go to court.
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Powers of search and arrest

A police constable (PC) can arrest you without a warrant and detain you for a period of time reasonably required to permit a search to be carried out. A PC can go into schools and search premises and anyone suspected of carrying a weapon.

Possible consequences of carrying a knife:

•  You have a false sense of security

•  You could kill someone

•  You could injure someone

•  You attract trouble and get stabbed yourself

•  You get arrested for carrying a knife

•  You end up with a criminal record


Too many young people have been stabbed or killed by knives. Knives are dangerous weapons.