Knife amnesty after Hailsham stabbing

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A KNIFE Amnesty is taking place in Hailsham over the next two weeks.

It comes in light of the fatal stabbing of Hailsham dad Darren Croxton who died from knife wounds during a fight in the town earlier this year.

From Monday October 1 young people will be reminded of their responsibilities and the risk of carrying knives before they are given the opportunity to dispose of any knives in bins during the amnesty.

In addition Hailsham police are working with partners to educate young people on the dangers of carrying knives.

Wealden District Commander Chief Inspector Dick Coates said, “Although knife crime is extremely low across Wealden there have been a number of high profile cases in Hailsham. With these in the forefront of our minds, it is imperative that we educate young people of the possible consequences of carrying a bladed item.

“Not only is it illegal, the repercussions can have devastating effects. This amnesty will give members of the public the opportunity to dispose of any knives without prosecution. We will also be out in the town pro actively interacting with young people to offer additional advice and support.”

Informing young people of the dangers of carrying knives is at the forefront of the campaign and PC Kate Brookman, Neighbourhood Schools Officer for South Wealden, will be attending Hailsham Community College each morning to give assemblies to children focusing on the dangers of aggression and the risks to themselves and others, through inappropriate actions.

Phil Mathews, acting principle at Hailsham Community College, said, “At the college, we place the importance of respect at the heart of our ethos and it has become a major cornerstone in helping to continue to raise standards within the college. Through partnership with our Neighbourhood Schools Officer, we focus on the issue of how people treat each other and, we deliver joint assemblies to all students around the topic of community responsibility and the recognition of socially acceptable behaviour. I am extremely pleased to work so closely alongside our local police on this issue and there is no doubt that jointly conveying such an important message to all students has a very positive impact.”

In support of the campaign there will be a number of knife bins located around the Hailsham town as well as an opportunity to dispose of knives at specially arranged street meetings that can be found by going to www.sussex.police.uk The knife bins will be at Hailsham police station, Hailsham Town Council offices and Wealden District Council.