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Council backs knife crime campaign launched by family of Daniel Fox

Article date - 28 March 2018

St Helens Council is backing a local campaign to reduce incidents of knife crime in the borough, led publicly in St Helens by the family of 29 year-old Daniel Fox, who died after suffering a fatal stab wound in September 2016.
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The campaign will see knife wands utilised by door staff at 27 clubs and bars in the town centre and across the borough as a further deterrent, keeping visitors to the night time economy safe. These handheld metal-detecting devices can be quickly swept over the body by door staff before entry.

Local bar owners met with community safety partners at the Sefton Arms ahead of a regular meeting of the Pubwatch committee, to welcome the move and receive their knife wands, which were funded by St Helens Council.

The #NoMoreKnives campaign was launched in December in Victoria Square by friends and family of Daniel Fox, who spoke of their desire to see young people steered away from carrying knives.

Lynda Ashton, Daniel’s mum said:

“My life sentence started in the early hours of Friday, September 2, 2016. Looking forward, we hope to prevent other families going through this horrendous nightmare and the life sentence that we are now living, without our beloved son.

“I wish I could make people understand that my grief will last forever because my love for Daniel will last forever; that the loss of a child is not one finite event, it is a continuous loss that will unfold minute by minute, second by second over the course of my lifetime.”

Much of the council’s work on the campaign is focused on education, to be undertaken through schools with 12-16 year olds by St Helens’ Young Advisors – young people aged 15-24 who are locally recruited and professionally trained by the national Young Advisors Charity to provide links between professionals, young people and their communities.

Area commander for St Helens, Superintendent Louise Harrison said: “Merseyside Police is committed to ensuring that the people who live, work and visit St Helens and the greater Merseyside area feel safe and reassured.

“Work has been ongoing with our partners to address the issue of knife crime and the introduction of knife wands for bars and clubs in St Helens town centre is the latest preventative work we are supporting.

“We have also carried out test purchasing, open land searches, and educational activity with schools and have worked alongside health professionals and the families of knife crime victims, including Danny Fox, to promote the #NoMoreKnives campaign.

“We know that we cannot tackle the issue alone and I would urge the community to support and help us by spreading the message that it is never acceptable to carry or use a knife and remind people the devastation caused both to the families of knife crime victims and those who commit offences.”