Posted on 17th May 2019

A community organisation which aims to reduce knife crime in Halton has been awarded funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner.

Live Your Life, Drop the Knife works directly with young people in Widnes and Runcorn to educate them about the consequences of carrying a knife.

The project was set up in September 2018 following the death of 18-year-old Eddie O’Rourke who was stabbed outside a club in Runcorn.

It works with the police and local councillors to carry-out knife sweeps. Over the last eight months, the project has taken 36 knives off the streets of Halton.

The project also aims to reduce other forms of anti-social behaviour and improve trust between young people and the police through educational sessions.

The funding from the commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund will be used to purchase equipment for the team to deliver outreach sessions that educate young people of the dangers of carrying and using knives.

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “Carrying a knife is illegal and incredibly dangerous. It doesn’t give you protection; it more than likely leads to life-threatening or potentially fatal situations.

“The Live Your Life, Drop the Knife project is making a real difference in Widnes and Runcorn in educating young people of the dangers of carrying a knife and, ultimately, making local communities safer.

“This small grant from my Safer Communities Fund will have a big impact on making Halton safer by taking more knives off our streets.”

Louis Bamber, founding director of the project, said: “I am delighted that the project has been awarded a Safer Communities Grant.

“This will allow us to buy much needed resources and equipment to enable us to continue to make our communities safer and help our young people understand the consequences of knife crime.

“From the communities of Halton, I’d like to say thank you to the Commissioner for awarding us this grant”

The Live Your Life, Drop the Knife project is one of nine projects across Cheshire which has recently received Safer Communities Funding to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.