REDDITCH anti-knife crime activist Pete Martin has been shortlisted in the ‘Community Thank You’ category of the West Mercia Police Quality Policing Awards.
The winners will be revealed at a black tie event in February.
Thus year, Pete has provided more than 60 bleed kits to the local community, along with his continuing his youth engagement work which has seem him speak to more than 5,500 young people in schools and colleges.
Pete has also processed more than 100 referrals for young people in need.
Pete has spoken to well over 35,000 young people since the start of his project.
Early in 2023, he was awarded a Points of Light Award by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and has recently been nominated by MP Rachel Maclean for another accolade at the House of Commons .
This year, Pete’s ‘Drop The Knife’ campaign was also the Mayor of Redditch’s nominated charity.
Pete said: “This is my 10th year of fighting knife crime and it has changed my life, not just others.
“We are extremely grateful for any recognition we get to help raise awareness of this issue.
“Everything we do is a joint effort with the local community – schools and the Redditch Police Safer Neighbourhood Team, led by Insp Richard Field.
“All the awards are received on behalf of our wonderful townsfolk.”
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