Police could get powers to ban knife crime suspects from social media.
Home secretary Sajid Javid has announced plans to amend the Offensive Weapons Bill to introduce Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPO).
KCPOs would give authorities the power to enforce social media bans on anybody over the age of twelve, in an attempt to “prevent the rapid escalation of rival disputes” online.
“I want to make sure we are doing everything we can to stop the senseless violence taking place on our streets”
Sajid Javid, Home Secretary
A statement from the Home Office outlines curfews and potential prison sentences for anybody suspected of carrying a knife or being involved in potential knife crime.
Home secretary Sajid Javid said “The police already have a range of measures they are using to keep our streets safe, but there is more we can do to help them in this battle.”
“It is vital we continue to focus on improving the law enforcement response while at the same time steering young people away from criminal activity in the first place.”
KNIFE CRIME PREVENTION ORDERS:
- Applies to anybody aged 12 or over.
- Imposed on anybody who police believe is carrying a knife, are habitual knife carriers, or have previously been convicted of a knife related offence.
- Can place curfews and geographical restrictions on individuals.
- Can limit their social media use – preventing the rapid escalation of rival disputes.
- Breach of the order will be a criminal offence and offenders can receive up to 2 years imprisonment.
Nottingham is a city badly affected by knife crime, with a convenience store in Broxtowe the latest to be caught up in an incident.
It comes after figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics revealed that in 2018, knife crime in Nottinghamshire was at an all-time high, with over 850 crimes involving a knife or sharp instrument being recorded by Nottinghamshire Police.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, outlines the force’s efforts in preventing knife crime in Nottingham.
A collaborative approach
Nottingham City Homes are also looking to improve the safety of young, vulnerable people in Nottingham by developing a new community centre to keep them off the streets.
The Wells Community Centre in St Anns, which was originally build in 1945, has been demolished, and is set to make way for a brand new centre that aims to encourage members of the community to socialise more.
Local youth worker and founder of Nottingham School of Boxing, Marcellus Baz, believes the new community could be a real force for good.
Speaking to Nottingham Post, Marcellus said: “There’s more and more young people that are spending their time on the streets that are prone to being groomed – into criminal activity, extremism, radicalisation.
If they are in community centres with youth workers that are DBS checked, that are aware about safeguarding, positive safe environments, in inclusive environments where they can support young people to grow positively, we need to encourage that.”