GREATER Manchester Police are targeting people who carry knives as part of a national week of awareness.
From 8th to 14th May, Greater Manchester Police will be joining other police forces to appeal to those who carry knives and warn them of the fatal consequences of doing so.
Throughout this week, police will be directly targeting people who carry knives and the risk of potential injury, death and jail time.
Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley from the Xcalibre Task Force said: “Those who carry a knife often cite it’s for self-protection, but that’s not an excuse.
“If you carry a knife or offensive weapon you are breaking the law and face up to four years in prison.”
GMP are also targeting those who associate with people who carry knives to be aware of the risks.
DCI Debbie Dooley continued: “I also wish to appeal to those who associate with people who carry knives.
“Even if it’s not you personally carrying the knife, if you’re with someone who uses a weapon to injure or kill, you too could be prosecuted and sent to prison under the law of ‘joint enterprise’.”
Consultant Paramedic for North West Ambulance Service, Dan Smith said: “We have seen, firsthand, the devastating effects of knife crime and urge people to think twice before leaving the house armed.
“Too many people lose their lives as a result of knife crime and I hope that people understand the terrible consequences for the victims and family members.”
GMP and other police forces are also working across social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to spread the hashtag ‘#StopKnifeCrime’.
To report a crime you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
— GMP City Centre (@GMPCityCentre) May 8, 2017