Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hard-Hitting Knife Programme for Young Offenders

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hard-Hitting Knife Programme for Young Offenders

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KNIFE-CARRYING yobs in the Northumbria Police area will be shown graphic images of stab wounds in an effort to stop them from reoffending.

Doctors and nurses will show hundreds of offenders in England and Wales real life pictures of the damage done by blades as part of Government efforts to clamp down on knife crime.

Under the Knife Crime Prevention Programme, which has been extended to knife crime hotspots, young offenders will also meet victims of knife crime and ex-criminals who have turned their lives around. The scheme, run jointly by the Home Office and Youth Justice Boards in England and Wales, will also offer anger management courses and lectures by police on the law on knives.

Home Office minister David Hanson said: "This course brings young people face to face with the consequences of knife crime, whatever the reason they carried the knife in the first place.

"These young people could be on the brink of entering serious crime or gang lifestyles. …

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