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.