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In a survey of 2,000 young people aged 13-18, conducted by Survation on behalf of the BBC, nearly half (46%) said they were worried about knife crime in their local area and 31% in their school in the UK.

Knife crime devastates communities, with PCC John Campion committed to ensuring young people across West Mercia are educated about the dangers of carrying a knife…

“It’s deeply concerning to see hundreds of young people being concerned about knife crime in places they should feel safe.

“Here in West Mercia, knife crime rates have remained low, but I am not complacent.

“Early intervention and prevention are key in tackling knife-related crime. That’s why I proudly fund The Children’s Society’s CLIMB and Steer Clear projects.

“They are making a real difference to the lives of young people across the three counties, helping the next generation navigate the challenges they face through their adolescence and choose a path free of crime.”

You can now make a self-referral for young people aged between 10-17, if you are concerned they are at risk of criminal exploitation – Climb | The Children’s Society (

Steer Clear is a knife crime prevention project, working with young people who have been at risk or are involved in knife crime. Get in touch – Steer Clear | The Children’s Society (

BBC survey: Teens quizzed on social media ban and knife crime – BBC News