Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

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The new initiative which was launched recently planned to replace the packaging at outlets including Chicken Cottage, Dixy Chicken and Morley’s. Moreover, the Home Office also revealed that the real life stories of young people who chose other activities over carrying a knife will be included on the inside of the packaging. Despite the intention of the proposal, it was met with widespread criticism, with Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott labelling the proposal as “crude” and “offensive”.

However, speaking to the, Danny O’Brien, the head of knife crime campaign group, Anti-Knife UK, has delivered a poignant message following the announcement of the campaign.

Mr O’Brien said: “Despite the Home Office’s mistake, it’s still getting the message out to stop knife crime.

“If it saves one life, it’s worth doing.”

The initial pilot for the proposal had been run by Morley’s, a chicken chain with outlets across south London.

UK knife crime: Campaigner delivers poignant message

UK knife crime: Campaigner delivers poignant message (Image: GETTY)

UK knife crime: The initiative was criticised

UK knife crime: The initiative was criticised (Image: Twitter)

Morley’s started the campaign following the death of 15-year-old, Jay Hughes who had been attacked outside the Bellingham branch of the chain in November 2018.

Funded by the Home Office, the boxes had been rebranded to tell stories about young people who pursued boxing and music.

Following the pilot, the campaign was sanctioned to go out to 312,000 chicken shops across England and Wales.

Although Mr O’Brien agreed that the message was indeed positive, he also insisted that the £57,500 plan must be pushed to every chicken shop across the country, including huge chains such as KFC and McDonald’s.

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UK knife crime: Mr O'Brien offered a different view

UK knife crime: Mr O’Brien offered a different view (Image: Twitter)

Mr O’Brien added: “We need to get the message out but we don’t need that amount of money spent on it when it’s not going to every chicken shop or takeaway.”

Following the announcement of the campaign, policing minister, Kit Malthouse insisted that the proposal will bring home the “tragic consequences” of the epidemic spreading across the country.

Mr Malthouse added: “These chicken boxes will bring home to thousands of young people the tragic consequences of carrying a knife and challenge the idea that it makes you safer.

“The Government is doing everything it can to tackle the senseless violence that is traumatising communities and claiming too many young lives, including bolstering the police’s ranks with 20,000 new police officers on our streets.”


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UK knife crime: mr Johnson announced the new measures

UK knife crime: mr Johnson announced the new measures (Image: GETTY)

UK knife crime: Mr Johnson plans to create 10,000 new prison places

UK knife crime: Mr Johnson plans to create 10,000 new prison places (Image: GETTY)

The announcement on the proposal comes as Boris Johnson has introduced a raft of measures to stop the wave of violent crime in the UK.

In order to tackle the crime crisis ravaging the country, Mr Johnson announced plans to add 20,000 more police officers to the streets.

Moreover, he also proposed spending an extra £2.5billion fund to create 10,000 new prison spaces.

Upon announcing those measures, Mr Johnson reasoned that the surge of funding was important because the public must “see justice being done, punishment being served and feel protected”.

Despite, those promises, Mr O’Brien admitted that he would love to see the proposals but questioned where they would indeed take place and also where the funding was coming from.

Mr O’Brien concluded: “It sounds like political game playing.

It feels more like empty promises than anything that they will actually do.

UK knife crime: Kit Malthouse backed the measure

UK knife crime: Kit Malthouse backed the measure (Image: GETTY)

“These plans aren’t going to happen overnight, these plans need to be long-term.”

In another plan, “#knifefree” street teams will also be visiting convenience stores, hair salons and barbershops as well as places of worship and community centres across London, Manchester and Birmingham.

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