Knife crime workshop held for Hinckley College students

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 March 2021

LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE held a virtual workshop two days ago (15 March) to students at the Hinckley College Campus on Bond Street, showcasing the impactful facts and figures of knife crime, and how to stay safe on the streets.

The workshop was held on Microsoft Teams by Katie Hudson, Children and Young Persons Officer for Leicestershire Police.

Katie showed two videos throughout the presentation.

The first video focused on an unnamed young male who had committed a knife crime and had regretted his decisions after being placed behind bars serving years in prison.

The second video featured the sister of somebody who had wielded a knife and taken somebody else’s life – she explained how her life at school was affected negatively by those who were friends of the victim, working in isolation, and having to be escorted by police officers into school every day.

Katie further revealed that most knife crimes are committed by young teens aged between aged 18 to 24, and even more shockingly, those much younger are picking up knives, between the ages of 12 to 17.

She further explained that the amount of knife crime cases had seen a ‘huge drop’ of 28 per cent last year (2020) across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

Leicestershire Police officers are unsure for the reasons as to why for the sudden drop in cases last year, but they have speculated the lockdown restrictions may have been responsible for the drop.

According to the official Leicestershire Police Crime Map for the area of Greater Hinckley, there were only 18 reports of ‘possession of weapons’ in total from February 2020 to January 2021.

Students further learned of the ‘ripple effect’ and how knife crimes can affect those related to those who were attacked, and the attacker, including their immediate family, close friends, parents, partners, community, and Police.

Katie added: “The wrap-around that we have to do as Police is quite significant.

“It’s not just you who is affected if you’re affected by a knife crime, it is also your friends and family who will suffer.”

Beth Wightman, a student at the College, said: “I think it’s really good that the police are taking their time to educate young people and teenagers about knife crime.

“I found the talk really interesting and I also learnt a lot about what to look out for.

“I think just a small talk like this can really make a big impact on young people for the better.”

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