0factorykcYoung people from across Birmingham south have been attending an anti knife crime event at The Factory Young People’s Centre in Longbridge today.

The event, led by Birmingham City Council’s youth service, was supported by West Midlands Police Safe Haven officers.

Funding was secured by West Midlands Police and the event was supported by Sainsbury’s stores in Northfield and Longbridge.

Longbridge PCSO and Safe Haven officer Kerry Floody said the event aimed: “…to make young people aware of the risks posed by carrying a knife. It was a series of interactive workshops highlighting these issues.”

The day was finished off with two hours of sports and dance for those that attended. The young people also had a chance to show off their talents and show the work they had completed during the workshops: including rapping, an anti knife crime video and music against knife crime.

If you are a young person and have any concerns about knife and violent crime, ask your local youth centre to put you in touch with your local Safe Haven officer. Useful websites for help and advice include fearless.org and knifecrimes.org

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