Knife Crime

Some people carry weapons like knives and guns to feel protected, because of peer pressure or to feel powerful.  If you have a weapon you might not always plan to use it - whether you use the weapon or not, it is still illegal.

The Law

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, e.g. a Swiss Army knife (a lock knife does not come into this category)

  • Carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife

  • Use any knife in a threatening way


The number of children aged 16 and under treated for stab wounds in hospitals has soared more than 60% in the last five years. The biggest rise was in 15 year olds, which rose by 85%.


South West UK

There were 2348 incidents involving a knife in 2018

1587 Somerset

265 Gloucester

252 Wiltshire

210 Dorset

Banned Knives

  • disguised knife

  • stealth knife & baton

  • sword

  • zombie knife

Report it

If you know of somebody carrying a knife, you can report it by calling 101 or 999.

Alternatively, do it via the website



Childline have a section dedicated to Gun and Knife crime. They provide advice for young people on how to avoid knife crime, and give the facts of what would happen if you were involved. They also have councillors that you can speak to 24 hours a day.


You can call crime stoppers at any time to anonymously report an incident involving knife crime. Don't be afraid to be strong and do the right thing.


Support After Murder and Manslaughter provide support for people that have lost somebody as a result of knife crime. They can be called anonymously on 0845 872 3440


Victim Support are an independent charity that work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. Their support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.


Your Choice Your Future isn’t about telling people what to do. It’s not about telling people what is right or wrong. It’s about talking with people to look at the consequences of the choices they make and then providing information to help them make their choice about their future.