Nottinghamshire Police supports Home Office knife crime prevention campaign
99% of young people in England and Wales live knife free. Â And, while those that carry often claim to do it to feel safer, carrying a knife can get you into dangerous situations.
Nottinghamshire Police has said that even if you can avoid the violence, there are severe emotional, personal and legal consequences that can come from knife carrying.
A spokesman from the force said: "If you’ve considered carrying a knife – or are already carrying – there are things you need to think about. While some people and places may make you feel like you need to carry, it’s never worth it.
"When you carry a knife, you are risking everything. Prison, being a victim of crime and ending up in hospital are all real risks. Beyond this, knife crime has devastating personal effects on you, your friends, and your family.
"While some young people pick up a knife to feel safer, they don’t realise that carrying makes them more likely to get into serious danger. A knife can escalate things way out of your control, and make a bad situation much worse.
"But if you carry a knife, it’s never too late to make a positive change in your life. Going knife free takes courage, but the benefits are real.
"It might not always seem like it, but putting down the knife will make you safer and help you to reach your full potential. Don’t let prison or serious injury stop you achieving your goals.
"Whether you carry a knife, are thinking about carrying, or are worried about someone you know getting involved with knives – there is help and support available. It can be a tough thing to do, but these resources can help anyone join the millions of young people who live knife free."
To find out more about the campaign please visit: knifefree.co.uk