Police arrested three youths yesterday Nov 23 after finding knives on them in the Broadheath area.
Officers got reports from members of the public that a group of youths were seen with knives and patrols responded.
They were all searched and three had knives and a sword and they were arrested.
UK law says that unless you have three reasons for carrying a knife are:
- Use at work
- Religious reasons
- Carrying a knife as part of a costume
Anyone under 16 just carrying a bladed item could get up to 6 months inside and a fine, if an indivdual is proven to be using a knife in a threating way then the courts could give him or her a sentence of 4-years and a fine!
Alison Saunders from the CPS said: “Teenagers need to be warned that carrying a knife, even having one hidden in a school bag, can have a massive impact on their future.
“Knife crime can affect anyone, not just people in gangs. Young people say they carry them because of peer pressure or for protection – but in fact you are much more likely to become a victim of knife crime yourself. Situations involving weapons can quickly get out of control.
“If you are found with a knife – you will be arrested and are very likely to be charged with a crime for a first time offence.
“We must challenge the assumption that it’s normal to carry a knife. It isn’t. You are putting yourself, other people and your future at risk.”