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Police to warn pupils in Rushmoor about knife crime

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Published by Carol Musgrave at 5:09am 7th December 2018. (Updated at 5:14am 7th December 2018)

Police will be visiting schools in Farnborough and Aldershot to talk to pupils about the dangers of carrying knives.

It comes at the end of a knife amnesty in the area - launched just a week after four men were sentenced to a total of 92 years in prison last month for the murder in January of 25 year old local man Richard Hardy.

The amnesty resulted in 18 knives being placed in special bins at the council offices in Farnborough and Aldershot police station - an increase of 3 after 15 were surrendered in an amnesty in August.

The schools' initiative is being supported by Richard's mother Julie, who hopes her story will make people realise how harmful knife crime is, and to try and deter them from carrying knives.

Speaking of the devastation caused following the murder of her son, Julie said:

"The scenario of what happened to him has left a horrible image in my head I cannot get rid of.

"No one should ever have to outlive their children, or have them taken from you in such a cruel way.

"He did not deserve to be stabbed to death and is missed every single day."

Sgt Mark Woodhead said:

"We are really pleased with how many knives have been handed in as part of this amnesty.

"All too often we are called to incidents where people have been seriously injured or killed because someone was carrying a knife.

"As we have seen with the murder of Richard Hardy, the reality is devastating for all those involved.

"Those responsible have been jailed but we don't want another family to have go through what Mrs Hardy and her family have been forced to endure.

"Just one knife off our streets can save a life and last week we saw 18 handed in, so we would like to thank everyone who took this opportunity to make a difference.

"This is just one way we are tackling knife-crime in the area and we will continue to do what we can, working with our partners, to make our communities safer for all."

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council's deputy leader, added:

"Carrying a knife makes you more likely to get hurt, not less, so we are delighted that 18 potentially deadly weapons have been handed in and are no longer causing a threat on our streets.

"It is encouraging that people surrendered their knives during this amnesty, and I want to thank them for making the right choice and supporting this campaign."

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