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News - 16 July 2008
How Nottingham cut knife crime
Stabbings in once violence-plagued Nottingham have plummeted by 27 per cent in a year thanks to a range of innovative schemes involving football, training for trades, and a film designed to shock kids out of knife crime by showing graphic footage of the horror they can cause.
Reported in the Daily Mirror, Steve Youdell of the Crime and Drugs Partnership - which has set up a website at www.nomoreknives.com said: "We can see this campaign already having an impact because kids are thinking about the consequences. They often don't realise how serious it can be. We are showing them what the results of carrying a knife can be - the gruesome injuries, the devastation for families and the risk of being locked up if they're caught."
The documentary film, No More Knives Wat Ya Sayin?, has been made by Azuka Nottz and can be viewed on the website. Says Steve Youdell: "Some people disapprove of what they call shock tactics, but these things are real and we need to do whatever we can to make a difference. Kids don't know what a small stab wound with even a tiny blade can do."
CDs of the film are also available and can be obtained from Steve Youdell on 0115 915 6373
For the rest of this feature from the Daily Mirror, click here
Visit the No More Knives website here
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