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Introduce mandatory minimum sentences for possession of a knife

Submitted by Bernice Barfield on Thursday 11th January 2024

Published on Wednesday 24th January 2024

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 24th July 2024

Current Signatures: 5,089
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Introduce mandatory minimum sentences for possession of a knife

Petition Details

I want to see mandatory 12-month prison sentences for first time offenders, increasing for repeat offenders, alongside a mandatory 6-month knife awareness course for rehabilitation in the community.

Additional Information

My son Harley Barfield, a vibrant 16-year-old boy, was stabbed 12 times in a planned attack in Haverhill, Suffolk on 9th January 2023. He lost his fight for life on 11th January 2023.

He was attacked in broad daylight, in front of many children that just finished school. The weapon? An everyday kitchen knife.

We need to change this now! We are calling on the Government to introduce new legislation that will impose mandatory sentences for anyone found carrying knives unlawfully.

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