Dangers and consequences of carrying knives and weapons

Across the country, 7 out of 10 young people who end up in A&E with a knife injury have been stabbed with their own knife. By carrying a blade, people are putting themselves at risk.

A person found with a knife or weapon could be prosecuted and end up in prison, it can also affect future employment and travel prospects. 

We do not have a massive knife crime problem in North Yorkshire, but some young people still make the decision to carry a knife or blade.  Young people may feel carrying a knife gives them street cred, makes them feel big or earns them respect, but the truth is none of these are good enough reasons for carrying a knife.

Knives can be surrendered at local police stations.  See http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/ for more information.

17th to 24th September is the national week to raise awareness around the dangers and consequences of carrying knives and weapons. This campaign covers all ages and there is information available from a number of organisations.

Useful websites and social media include:

You can talk to a professional in confidence by contacting:

If you need advice and support, this is available from:

You can also show your support through social media by using the hashtag #StopKnifeCrime

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