New campaign to help Merseyside become #BladeFree

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New campaign to help Merseyside become #BladeFree

Post by Wirral Council News » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:34 am

With the advent of 2020 and new beginnings Merseyside Police and its partners across the county have launched a new knife crime campaign #BladeFree to make communities safer for the future.

In recent years we have seen all too often many people seriously injured or killed as a result of knife crime. Last year alone four people lost their lives in Merseyside due to knife crime which has devastated the lives of so many families and friends.   

Working with partners including the local councils in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral; the Police and Crime Commissioner; North West Ambulance Service; Crimestoppers and the National Health Service, the #BladeFree campaign has been created.


Cllr Tom Usher, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “It’s so important to see groups across Merseyside working together to combat knife crime and protect young people, families and communities. The issue must be treated with urgency and with the resources it deserves.

“Youth Services across Wirral do some incredible work - providing opportunity, inspiration and support. The #BladeFree campaign will highlight the wide range of activities available across all sectors, empowering young people further and offering hope for the future.”


The campaign is designed to help young people steer clear of knife crime and violent crime by providing support and opportunity through activities and initiatives such as sport, music, and theatre to build confidence and aspiration and improve practical skills and employability.

Research has shown that many of those involved in or at risk of being drawn into knife crime, suffer from a lack of aspiration and belonging, often as a result of living in areas with few or no opportunities for young people.

Through #BladeFree young people will be directed towards a range of local clubs and activities accessible across Merseyside, which will give them hope, aspiration and opportunity, and most importantly the knowledge and confidence to make the right decisions in the future.

This will be the first campaign for ‘Our Merseyside’, which is a regional initiative to encourage people (young or old) and organisations to work together to bring pride and opportunity to Merseyside and help keep our people and our streets safe. 

Anyone, and everyone, can pledge their support to #BladeFree. If you provide services, groups and opportunities that could help young people, please visit OurMerseyside.org. We want people across Merseyside to get behind the campaign as the more activities we can promote, the more young people can get involved. 


Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Using a knife as a weapon ruins lives and has a devastating impact on families. Sadly, we have seen too many times here in Merseyside the tragedy that can unfold when a knife is used to kill or injure. Just carrying a bladed weapon is an offence.

“We know people across Merseyside want to take action to prevent the use of blades of all kinds and #BladeFree will help us to join forces across all communities and age groups. I would ask everyone to use the hashtag, join the campaign, pledge your support, share its messages and play your part in making Merseyside a safer place for all.

“In particular, I would encourage all community, voluntary and youth groups working with young people to get involved. We know you are already doing great work and we want to support you to build a brighter future for young people free from blades and the widespread fear they can bring.”


For more information visit our new website: http://www.ourmerseyside.org/ or @OurMerseyside on social media.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Mon, 13 Jan 2020 www.wirral.gov.uk

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