Knife Crime

In England, it is illegal to:

  • Sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it is a knife with a folding blade that is three inches long or less
  • Carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it is a knife with a folding blade that is three inches long or less
  • Carry, buy or sell any banned knife
  • Use any knife in a threatening way, even if it is a legal one
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I've just seen someone with a knife
You've just seen someone carrying a knife and want to know what to do
I want to report a stabbing
You or someone you know have been stabbed
I want to report someone who is carrying a knife
You believe that you know someone who carries a knife in public
I have found a knife or want to find a surrender bin
You have found a knife and want to know what you should do with it, or want to know where surrender bins are located
I know someone involved in knife crime
You believe you know someone who is involved in knife related crime
I know someone who sells knives illegally
You believe you someone who sells illegal knives in the UK, or sells them to children
I am involved in knife crime and I want to stop
You want to know how you can stop being involved in knife crime
I want to know the law on knives
You would like to find out what the law is on buying and carrying a knife
I want to report this anonymously
You want to report someone carrying a knife or someone involved in knife crime to someone other than the police
There are witnesses
Someone saw the incident happen
I don't think there are any witnesses
You don't know if anyone saw what happened

Your situation

This has happened more than once
This isn't the first time this has happened
I do not speak English very well
English is not your first language and you may have difficulties discussing your concerns

The person who did this

I think I know who did this
You have details of, or suspect you know who committed the crime
I don’t know who committed the crime but I do have a description
You have a description of what the offender looks like
I don't have a name or description of the person, but I have other details
You do not have any description or names of those involved, but do have details such as their address, their place of work, their number plate, online details etc.
Someone I know has details about who did this
Someone believes they have information about the person or people who have done this
I don't know who did this
You do not have any details of who is involved in this


There is video footage or photos
There may be CCTV, video or images of the incident or offender
There is evidence which could identify the person responsible
There may be evidence such as bodily fluids, fingerprints, footprints or saliva
They left something behind
The suspect may have left an item behind
There are verbal or written comments
The people involved said something, left graffiti, wrote something online, sent emails or messages or there is a website link
I don’t know if there is any evidence
You are unsure if there is evidence that can help with the investigation


This is affecting my mental or physical health
You would like support following this incident
I want to remain anonymous
You do not want to provide your details
I do not want to go to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
I'm frightened I will get to trouble
You are concerned people will find out that you have reported this to us
I'm worried it may happen again
You are worried about knife crime happening near you again


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