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Knife Crime Workshop Aims To Raise Awareness

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7:17am 14th October 2014

A mother who's son was the victim of a knife attack is bringing an awareness workshop to Dorset.

Jane Ormerod wants to show people the devastating impact of knife crime.  She started her own charity after her son was the victim of a fatal stabbing in 2011.

Jane told Wessex FM "It's not just good enough to say to our youth you can't do it. We need to be showing the implications of what happens if they pick up a knife. Not just from their point of view, but their parents' point of view, a community point of view and from a victim's point of view."

"It's really difficult when you are talking to guys who have committed a crime, and especially a crime that took your son's life.  I go into a prison environment and I have to put on a work shell. Its only when I get home that I think about my son Nicholas."

"I have spoken to a lot of people who carry knives, and its engrained into their life. Our aim is to get the young people, to encourage them and educate them now about the dangers of carrying knives so they can make a stand."

The workshop gives an introduction to TYBUK and its vision for the future. There'll also be a chance to hear from a victim and an offender of knife crime.

The workshop is being held on the 20th November at Bovington Park by the charity TYBUK from 9:30am - 12:00noon.

You can book a space to attend the event by contacting the charity on 07985 246654 or email turnyourback@live.com.

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