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Posted On: 14th Mar 2014

Life Not Knife

Stuart in his Fixers film
A scene from the Fixers film
Fixer Stuart at his screening event

All too aware of the devastating consequences of careless acts of violence, a Hampshire Fixer is urging young people to ‘choose life, not knife’.

 

Twenty-year-old Stuart Balk from New Milton is campaigning to show others what could happen if they’re caught carrying a blade.

 

‘My project is to raise awareness of knife crime as I know people that have been killed as a result of it,’ says Stuart.

 

‘I think people carry knives for all sorts of reasons.

 

'Some think it’s cool or they see it happening in films or games.

 

‘But I don’t think people always realise the consequences of having a knife on them.’ 

 

With Fixers, Stuart has helped create a film to show the legal repercussions of being found in possession of a knife.

 

It explains that it’s an offence that can result in a four year prison sentence.

 

‘I want to get across the message - don’t carry knives. It isn’t cool,’ he adds.

 

Stuart’s film was launched at a screening event on Friday 14th March at the Family Mosaic Brookside Centre in Southampton.

 

Fellow Fixer Josh Richards’ film about life in prison and the ramifications of having a criminal record was also shown to an audience of invited guests.

 

Attendees included representatives from the local probation service, youth offending team and charities for young people.

 

‘I hope a lot more people will see the film,' Stuart says.

 

‘Hopefully it will stop at least one young person from picking up a knife.’

 

You can watch the film ‘Life not Knife’ at the top of this page.

 

This Fixers project was supported by Family Mosaic.

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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