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Knife Crime Workshop Comes A Day After Local Stabbing

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8:30am 20th November 2014

A mother whose son was the victim of a knife attack is bringing an awareness workshop to Dorset today (20th November).

Jane Ormerod's event at Bovington Park shows people the devastating impact of knife crime and comes just a day after a man was stabbed in Weymouth.

Jane started her own charity, Turn Your Back, 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 is giving an introduction to TYBUK and its vision for the future. A victim and an offender of knife crime are also talking about their experiences with knife crime.

The event runs from 10am-12noon at the Business & Conference Centre in Bovington Park.

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