Knife Crime

Cheshire is ranked nine out of 42 (excluding the city of London and British Transport Police) for knife crime in all forces across the country but there is evidence that some areas of the county have a higher number of knife crime incidents than others.

Knife crime
Carrying a knife is a crime which brings that added risk that a minor issue can escalate into something much more serious and potentially life changing.

The damage caused by knives, not just to the victim and their families, but also to the wider community, can be devastating. No one deserves to live in fear of knife crime in their area.

What you can do
Members of the public who may have information about knife carriers need to come forward and report it.

Family and friends also have an important role to play. If they know someone who is determined to carry a knife then reporting it could be enough to save a life.

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Cheshire police on 101.

The law
The law is quite simple, it is illegal to have a knife in your possession in a public place without a reason and if you break that law you could face a prison sentence.

It is illegal to:

  • sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old.
  • carry a knife in public without good reason - unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, eg a Swiss Army knife
  • carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
  • use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife

Retailers
Retailers are asked to put in robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives.