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Teenager’s death sparks fresh regional press anti-knife campaign

More regional titles have launched campaigns aimed at tackling knife crime on their patches.

Reach plc sister titles the Huddersfield Daily Examiner and Yorkshire Live have announced the launch of the ‘Bin the Knife, Save a Life’ campaign to deter people in Yorkshire from carrying knives.

The drive follows the death of 17-year-old Harley Brown, who was attacked in Huddersfield last month. Two teenage boys have been charged with his murder

The Examiner splashed on the campaign’s launch on Monday. Similar campaigns have also recently been launched by Reach’s Newcastle daily The Chronicle and Newsquest’s Northern Echo.


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Examiner editor Wayne Ankers told HTFP: “We all know there is plenty of work being done to try and reduce knife crime across West Yorkshire as the authorities try to convince youngsters that weapons are not the answer. However, it is clear that more needs to be done.

“In the last six months in Huddersfield alone a schoolboy and teenage boy have both lost their lives in attacks using knives.

“So despite the ongoing work to counter knife crime it appears that people carrying a blade is all too common. That is why we have launched our campaign called Bin the Knife, Save a Life.

“Not for one minute do I think our website and newspaper campaign is the answer alone. The issues are far more complex than that. But we hope that our campaign will unite everyone with simple goals.

“From the outset we aim to rally all authorities – police forces, councillors and members of parliament, council staff, teachers, charities, and so on, to work more closely together than ever before in order to educate young people about knife crime.

“And over time we hope to be able to help the authorities remove knives from our streets and encourage and reward those young people who take part in anti-knife crime educational projects.

“We could just continue reporting on the deaths, attacks and the misery caused by knives.

“But we want action. And we know we have a part to play in delivering this action.”