Crackdown knife threat sees real engagement with attendees - The Redditch Standard

Crackdown knife threat sees real engagement with attendees

Redditch Editorial 31st Oct, 2021   0

WEST Mercia Police and anti-crime organisation Fearless have teamed up to present key workshops about the dangers of knife crime and the risks faced by people who chose to carry a blade.

The Steer Clear Workshop, an early intervention programme, has already been a huge success in other areas, such as Telford. The project is aimed at young people under the age of 18 who are believed to be on the periphery of knife crime and to safeguard the young people.

The first workshop in north Worcestershire, which has just taken place, received really positive feedback.

Andrea Accison, from Fearless, opened the workshop with a really interactive session with the group, discussing with them the risks and dangers of carrying a knife.




After a pizza dinner, the final guest speaker was Hezron Brown, a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and winner of a Pride of Britain award who talked about his life experiences as an ex-gang member.

PC Jamie Sandison, from North Worcestershire Problem Solving Hub, said: “Herzon had those attending hanging on his every word because even though the message he is delivering is hard hitting and serious, he was very funny and engaging and the kids responded so well to him.


“The feedback from the young people in regards to Hezron has been incredible, with two of them messaging him on Instagram after the event to say that he had a real impact on them and that he has made them rethink how they live their lives.

“This is exactly the impact we had hoped the even would have: challenge young people to consider a different, safer path in life.”

Sgt Laura Wright said “Feedback from our partners has also been really encouraging with Pete Martin from Redditch Self-Defence and Mel Bedford from Worcestershire Children First, both recommending the workshop to colleagues.”

She thanked everyone who attended for being so engaged and responding so positively, the key contributors who delivered the interactive sessions and to officers who helped organise the events.

PLAYING a key role in the fight against knife crime has been Pete Martin of Redditch Self Defence, the man behind the ‘Jab Don’t Stab’ initiative.

He said: “We have been busy doing referrals for some time and I can honestly say it’s the best project i have ever been involved with.

“Initially the referrals were only open to West Mercia Police Local Policing teams but it is now open to most professionals that deal with young people.”

The result has been 101 youngsters getting help in just 12 months.

Pete is also looking for funding to help even more children make the right choices. Search for Redditch Self Defence online.

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