A knife is removed from the city’s streets every three days according to figures released by Nottinghamshire Police.
In 2018, officers confiscated 125 bladed articles and made 247 arrests. The force cites intelligence lead stop-and-search operations as a key tool in their battle against knife crime, with over 60 per cent of personal searches having a positive outcome.
Marcellus Baz, who runs the Nottingham School of Boxing has been very vocal on knife crime in the city.
Although supportive of the work Nottinghamshire Police have been doing, he believes knife crime should be caught long before the police become involved: “This issue starts with young kids, young kids being traumatised, not having opportunities, growing up in poverty, there’s a lot of factors.”
“You hang around a barber shop, sooner or later you’re going to get a hair cut.”
Marcellus Baz, Nottingham Boxing School owner
He also pins education or exclusion from, as key cause as to why youngsters may turn to carrying a knife.
He said: “If we can get in early and provide the education and intervention then it wouldn’t get to the point where the police are making arrests.”
What advice would Marcellus give to someone thinking of carrying a knife? “Choose your circles properly, the five people you hang around with are the five people you become like.
“People might say these guys aren’t bad or whatever, but my thing is, you hang around a barber shop, sooner or later you’re going to get a hair cut.”
Nottinghamshire Police is home to only the second dedicated Knife Crime Team, after the Metropolitan Police in the capital.
The team was established as part of Nottinghamshire Police’s 2018 Knife Crime Strategy and works with all aspects of the community, from teachers to medical professionals, to promote awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife.
They also work alongside parents to help educate the youngest members of society and help to steer them away from carrying a weapon.
An online campaign ‘#LivesNotKnives’ is used to spread news and awareness across social media, including details of amnesties which often prove to be highly successful.
During the last amnesty event, 418 knives were anonymously handed in to police stations across the county.
Nottinghamshire Police have produced a short video highlighting the successes of the team, along with some other key statistics of their year tackling knife crime.