REPORT ON THE FIRST KNIFE CRIME SEMINAR
HELD ON 20TH MAY 2017.
AT LONDON WATERLOO ST JAMES HALL.

What is knife crime?

It’s a criminal offense committed using a knife as a weapon. It’s a complex, reasons behind its increase as one of the major causes of death among young black youth mostly male is, and solutions seem to be pushy footing despite a catalogue of initiatives by government departments and third sector community contributions.

The awareness initiative comes amid heightened concerns about levels of knife crimes mostly in London and highly in young black male under the age of 20 years old.
Ugandan community has not been spared and numbers are disturbing, leaving our communities with silent but difficult conversations.

“Knife crime” is a construct. It does not simply mean, as one might reasonably expect, crimes committed with knives. It denotes a certain type of crime committed by a certain type of criminal in a certain kind of context.(John Mc Shane 2010: Knife crime—The Law of the blade).

The seminar was well attended (about registered no, 63 people with a good number of the youth with their parents).

A Metropolitan police report released last month indicated that between 2014 and 2016 the number of children carrying knives in London schools rose by almost 50%, while the number of knife offences in London schools rose by 26%. The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, called it a “wake-up call” (Gary Younge writing in the guardian newspapers –Beyond Blades’) March 2017.

The answer to many people’s question – “How many more of our children have to die before the government act?” – is both damning and complex. Many more children will die from knife-related violence; indeed, But it is not because the government and related agencies are not acting. Pretty much every week, somewhere in the country, there is some kind of initiative to tackle “knife crime”’ – an amnesty, a new charity in the name of the fallen, an appeal from police, a mayoral statement.