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3rd Dec, 2021

Knife crime message as city teen is jailed

Rob George 24th Nov, 2021 Updated: 24th Nov, 2021

A TEENAGER has been jailed for just under three-and-a-half years after he left two men with significant head injuries following a ‘zombie’ knife attack in Worcester.

The 16-year-old was sentenced to 40 months in prison following an assault in June this year – he cannot be named for legal reasons.

He pleaded guilty to the assault of two men in Worcester during the shocking incident on June 4 which left his 18-year-old victims with life-changing injuries including a fractured skull.

Worcester Crown Court heard how the knife used was a Zombie Knife, which are, in themselves, illegal to possess under the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.

Speaking after the verdict, Det Con Andrew Todd said: “Judge Nicholas Cartwright’s summing up of the case also highlights the consequences of carrying and using a knife.

“All year and especially last week during Op Sceptre – a week long knife surrender campaign – we work closely with young people to show them that knives not only ruin lives for victims who are hurt, but also for the offender.

“This individual will now go to prison for several years and his life will now be severely impacted by a significant criminal record.

“Fortunately, in Worcester we don’t experience the same level of knife crime that many other cities are blighted by.

“However, we have increased the number of officers who specifically take on an early intervention with children and young people.

“This intervention is crucial in deterring young people from becoming involved in a knife culture.

“For the past two years, our successful ‘Steer Clear’ programme has helped young people involved in, or on the periphery of being involved in, knife crime find an alternative route in life.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues involved in this case as the teamwork and quick reaction to this incident in Worcester led to the arrest the of the individual responsible and putting them in custody quickly.

“If you are worried about a mate or are concerned a young person is involved in or on the periphery of becoming involved in knife crime and carrying a knife can report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Visit www.fearless.org for more on the stark consequences of knife crime.

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