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Did you know?

The most at risk age group across the country are boys and men aged 14-24.

In Lancashire the average age of knife crime offenders is 17 and the average age of victims is 16.

8 out of 10 people who get attacked with a knife know their attacker.

Most knife crime occurs in the street and involves alcohol.

Ask Ed

If I am only carrying a knife or a gun for a friend, can I still get in trouble?

YES. If you are caught with a knife or a gun, regardless of whether you say it was for your own protection or you were carrying it for someone else, you will be arrested and prosecuted.

Does this mean I will have criminal record?

If you’re caught carrying a knife you will receive a criminal record which can affect your whole future, particularly when applying for jobs. A lot of young people don’t even think it will affect their future, but it really does.

How long a prison sentence could I get for carrying a knife?

It’s an offence to carry a knife in public, and you can face a penalty of two years’ imprisonment and a £5,000 fine for doing so.
If you’re caught with a knife at school you could be sentenced to four years in jail.

If you used a knife:
To actually stab someone with a knife you could receive six years or more in jail.
Murdering someone with a knife could get you 25 years or more in jail.

What about using a gun? If it’s an imitation gun – can I still get in trouble?

It is illegal to carry a knife or a gun, even an imitation one. If you are caught, you could still go to prison. Causing the death of someone with a gun carries a life sentence and you will serve a mandatory 30-year prison sentence.

I’ve heard about ‘joint enterprise’ – What is this?

If someone is injured or killed by a knife or gun in your presence, even if you’re not the one using the weapon, you too could be prosecuted. You could be sent to prison for murder in what is referred to as ‘joint enterprise’.

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