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It's not just about getting them off our streets

norfolk police dealing with teenager anti social behaviour problems in king's lynn

Published by Chris Craddock at 3:22pm 14th March 2019.

It's not just about getting these knives off Norfolk's streets.

It's about showing youngsters why they can have deadly consequences.

That's why Norfolk Police have shown a film on the impacts on knife crime to every High School in our county.

This week people can hand their blades into police stations without being prosecuted.

It's as KLFM runs a special feature on this issue in our county.

Now Norfolk is one of the safest places you can live in but still we've seen several incidents of knife crime here this year alone.

major police incident king's lynn
parts of king's lynn were cordoned off last month after a stabbing

Inspector Darren Brooks from Norfolk Police said:

"Norfolk does not have a big knife crime problem but we have seen the impact knife crime can have on victims, their families and the wider community.

"By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself.

"There may be people who have knives and don't how to dispose of them. It's important that these are handed into police to stop them getting into the wrong hands and to reduce the amount of knives being carried on the streets. Every knife surrendered is one less chance of a life being ended or ruined by knife crime."

qe trauma training
staff at the qe took part in training recently to prepare for major trauma wounds

Consultant Anaesthetist Alistair Steel leads the trauma care at the QEH and he spoke to KLFM about the consequences of knife crime:

"There is no safe place to be stabbed and from what you might think are the most minor wounds - people can lose their lives.

"A knife injury to a blood vessel for example, which can be very superficial can be devastating for the patient and be very difficult to treat.

"They may have a very long stay in the intensive care unit, which has a very big impact on their mental health as well as their physical health.

"Bowel injuries where people need part of the bowel removed and are left with a bag going into their skin - well that can have very serious impacts on their emotional well being."


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