Young people to be given a free hoody - if they hand over a knife

Young people to be given a free hoody - if they hand over a knife

Young people to be given a free hoody - if they hand over a knife

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YOUNG people will be given hoodies saying “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” in exchange for handing over a weapon.

The police campaign follows a successful gun amnesty, held in July which saw 11 firearms handed in to police along with several rounds of ammunition.

The British Ironwork Centre’s ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ campaign launched on Friday.

Staff from the centre will visit UK cities where they will encourage young people who carry knives to hand the weapons in exchange for a hoody.

Surrendered knives will be used to create a spectacular Angel statue in memory of those whose lives have been lost to knife crime.

A knife bank is expected to be placed in Manchester later this year.

Det Insp Debbie Dooley, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “We are proud to support this initiative, which will help to raise awareness about the damage and destruction that knives can cause.

“In the wrong hands, a knife is a deadly weapon. The knife bank will enable members of the public to surrender knives safely and anonymously and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.

“We are committed to protecting our communities from violent crime and we hope to have their support when we launch the amnesty later this year.”

Clive Knowles, chairman of British Ironwork Centre, added: “We believe there is much that can be achieved through communities, police forces and other organisations uniting their efforts in the fight against knife crime.”

Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s police and crime commissioner, said: “Everyone committed to public safety in Greater Manchester supports the principle of taking weapons, knives and guns out of the hands of criminals. Greater Manchester Police has just successfully conducted a gun amnesty and experience shows having these bins is a way that allows weapons to be taken out of circulation.”

The first knife bank has opened in Birmingham.

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7:18am Tue 26 Aug 14

Terry McC says...

You couldn't make it up they think gang members will want a nice fluffy hoody in exchange for a knife and to top it of it will have a big logo across the front explaining to all the other members that they did it because of the message on the front of the hoody someone will have got paid a lot of money to come up with this try talking to the kids first next time !!
You couldn't make it up they think gang members will want a nice fluffy hoody in exchange for a knife and to top it of it will have a big logo across the front explaining to all the other members that they did it because of the message on the front of the hoody someone will have got paid a lot of money to come up with this try talking to the kids first next time !! Terry McC
  • Score: 40

7:22am Tue 26 Aug 14

kieth57 says...

How ridiculous, Why not give them some cannabis and heroin, oh an a two week break in Bali while there at it. This country has gone crackers.
How ridiculous, Why not give them some cannabis and heroin, oh an a two week break in Bali while there at it. This country has gone crackers. kieth57
  • Score: 32

7:34am Tue 26 Aug 14

thedom.com says...

Wtf ......
Wtf ...... thedom.com
  • Score: 38

7:48am Tue 26 Aug 14

nrk117 says...

Well done they only have one knife. some idiot gets paid for suggesting this
the next one is get a free condom if you are going to rape someone.
PATHETIC.
Well done they only have one knife. some idiot gets paid for suggesting this the next one is get a free condom if you are going to rape someone. PATHETIC. nrk117
  • Score: 35

9:19am Tue 26 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

I Am Virtually Speechless.
I Am Virtually Speechless. Gore Seer
  • Score: 30

10:07am Tue 26 Aug 14

smw2012 says...

How many innocent people will be rifling their parents knife drawer just for a free hoodie? Why the ones who actually carry knives won't give a monkeys... Waste of money... Just give tougher sentences as a deterrent and actually follow it through instead of issuing empty threats
How many innocent people will be rifling their parents knife drawer just for a free hoodie? Why the ones who actually carry knives won't give a monkeys... Waste of money... Just give tougher sentences as a deterrent and actually follow it through instead of issuing empty threats smw2012
  • Score: 38

11:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

MrsB11 says...

I'm going to go to asda. Buy a few smart price knives for 59p and get a couple free hoodies! They'll come in handy during the winter. What a complete waste of money this campaign is. Completely out of touch with reality.
I'm going to go to asda. Buy a few smart price knives for 59p and get a couple free hoodies! They'll come in handy during the winter. What a complete waste of money this campaign is. Completely out of touch with reality. MrsB11
  • Score: 33

11:40am Tue 26 Aug 14

underwater says...

Who ever thinks up this nonsense should be locked up with the villains, It is such rubbish. Seek out the knife carriers lock them up ,throw away the key, Full stop ,end of .
Who ever thinks up this nonsense should be locked up with the villains, It is such rubbish. Seek out the knife carriers lock them up ,throw away the key, Full stop ,end of . underwater
  • Score: 19

11:43am Tue 26 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

Do you get matching socks? Mine have gone church they are holy. Need some socks not a hoody
Do you get matching socks? Mine have gone church they are holy. Need some socks not a hoody AndyMorton
  • Score: 9

12:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

giraffe89 says...

This is surely a joke.
Surely people handing knives in do not want to broadcast that fact...
This is surely a joke. Surely people handing knives in do not want to broadcast that fact... giraffe89
  • Score: 12

12:42pm Tue 26 Aug 14

devs says...

Is it April 1st what a joke
Is it April 1st what a joke devs
  • Score: 13

1:15pm Tue 26 Aug 14

lily says...

Well I've heard everything now!! When they bring their weapons of mass destruction in arrest 'em. The intent must have been there in the first place. The money spent on these fashion statement hoodies should be spent on more worthy causes. The hoodies only hide their identities when these pepole are up to no good. Disgusted!!
Well I've heard everything now!! When they bring their weapons of mass destruction in arrest 'em. The intent must have been there in the first place. The money spent on these fashion statement hoodies should be spent on more worthy causes. The hoodies only hide their identities when these pepole are up to no good. Disgusted!! lily
  • Score: 17

2:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

All them homeless people living on street freezing and shaking like a **** dog and they give hoodies out for a knife
All them homeless people living on street freezing and shaking like a **** dog and they give hoodies out for a knife AndyMorton
  • Score: 15

2:12pm Tue 26 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

I have heard it all now.
What a stupid idea.


Well then, I have a set of nice Cooking Knives in my Kitchen, a Set of 5.

I can hand them in, and get a Free Hoodie for all My Grandchildren - smashing!!

You couldn't make it up, could you.
I have heard it all now. What a stupid idea. Well then, I have a set of nice Cooking Knives in my Kitchen, a Set of 5. I can hand them in, and get a Free Hoodie for all My Grandchildren - smashing!! You couldn't make it up, could you. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 14

2:22pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Ive just finished my dinner got plenty of knives and forks where can I swap one for an hoodie ?

Even Bolton council wouldnt come up with this nonsense.
Ive just finished my dinner got plenty of knives and forks where can I swap one for an hoodie ? Even Bolton council wouldnt come up with this nonsense. Wolfie190
  • Score: 15

2:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
The lunatics have taken over the asylum. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 17

3:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
I have heard it all now.
What a stupid idea.


Well then, I have a set of nice Cooking Knives in my Kitchen, a Set of 5.

I can hand them in, and get a Free Hoodie for all My Grandchildren - smashing!!

You couldn't make it up, could you.
Well do that get 5 hoodies back... Not bad Christmas round corner
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: I have heard it all now. What a stupid idea. Well then, I have a set of nice Cooking Knives in my Kitchen, a Set of 5. I can hand them in, and get a Free Hoodie for all My Grandchildren - smashing!! You couldn't make it up, could you.[/p][/quote]Well do that get 5 hoodies back... Not bad Christmas round corner AndyMorton
  • Score: 3

4:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

owencoyle99 says...

This statement must have come from someone who has never worked with kids who have a problem
If a kid is carrying a knife for protection / bragging rights there is noway he will turn his knife in for a hoody or anything else
Must be a jobs worth woman or man who has come up with this stupid idea
This statement must have come from someone who has never worked with kids who have a problem If a kid is carrying a knife for protection / bragging rights there is noway he will turn his knife in for a hoody or anything else Must be a jobs worth woman or man who has come up with this stupid idea owencoyle99
  • Score: 9

4:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Its Almost As Ridicules As Me Learning Ball Room Dancing, But She Who Must Be Obeyed, As Ordered That We Together Learn I Hate Women.
Its Almost As Ridicules As Me Learning Ball Room Dancing, But She Who Must Be Obeyed, As Ordered That We Together Learn I Hate Women. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

6:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

cath99 says...

how about taking them into hospital units of stab victims to help care for them and see first hand the devestation knife crime causes , better than a bloody hoody they will wear with pride to say they had a knife pftttt no wonder this countrys so crime ridden ,
how about taking them into hospital units of stab victims to help care for them and see first hand the devestation knife crime causes , better than a bloody hoody they will wear with pride to say they had a knife pftttt no wonder this countrys so crime ridden , cath99
  • Score: 5

8:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Lostock-Simon says...

What idiot thought of this campaign and are they sane. Can see it now here is my 4ft samurai sword can I have a hoody now please.
What idiot thought of this campaign and are they sane. Can see it now here is my 4ft samurai sword can I have a hoody now please. Lostock-Simon
  • Score: 4

11:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

united99 says...

Not suprised !
Not suprised ! united99
  • Score: 3

7:56am Wed 27 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

Who ever came up with this idea, and whoever sanctioned it should be removed from their post, this has to be the stupidest thing for a long, long time.

These people are Totally and utterly out of touch with the real world, and shouldn't be in a position to be involved.

Whose paying for this ?
Who ever came up with this idea, and whoever sanctioned it should be removed from their post, this has to be the stupidest thing for a long, long time. These people are Totally and utterly out of touch with the real world, and shouldn't be in a position to be involved. Whose paying for this ? JustBecause
  • Score: 1

8:12am Wed 27 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

Send them off to the front line
Send them off to the front line AndyMorton
  • Score: 1
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