Lives not knives trailer travels to Oldbury
Officers in Oldbury have come together to make a stand against knife crime in Sandwell by arranging to have a trailer set up at a popular retail park to engage local shoppers and members of the community into talking about the issue.
PC Keith Tedds recently contacted the LNK Charity to borrow a trailer with the slogan ‘Lives Not Knives’ emblazoned on it and then set about asking permission to have it parked at the Oldbury Green Retail Park.
The LNK charity was set up in July 2007 by passionate community activist Eliza who wanted to make parents and adults aware of the statistics surrounding knife crime.
Local businesses in the area have today (Friday 13 December) welcomed the addition of the trailer which was in place from 10am – 2pm and officers have enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Christmas shoppers and staff members about the work Sandwell and West Midlands Police is continually doing to combat violent crime and knife carrying.
PC Keith Tedds from Oldbury Neighbourhood team, said: “Thinking of new ideas to get people talking about knife crime and the issues surrounding it is so important to us here at Sandwell.
“We’ve invited local secondary schools to come along and visit us today and I am continually trying to show people what we at Sandwell and West Midlands Police is doing to talk about and actually stop knife crime.
“The trailer we have borrowed today is travelling all over Europe and I am grateful for the opportunity to have it parked on our patch where hundreds of motorists will have no doubt noticed it today.”
For more information on the LNK Charity, please visit their website on www.livesnotknives.org. Information on knife crime can be found at https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/knife-crime.