Matt Stadlen is Leading Britain's Conversation
5 September 2016, 08:00
This detective has a vital message for youngsters thinking about carrying a knife as part of LBC's new campaign to get knives off the streets.
Detective Chief Superintendent Jim Stokley told LBC that if young people carry a knife, it means they are more likely to be attacked with one.
He said: "I think there's a combination of reasons why people carry knives.
"Firstly, if someone is carrying a knife, they invariably will use it. And clearly people carry them in order to attack other people.
"The second reason that people do carry knives is they believe - and I believe this is a misconception - that they carry the knife to protect themselves. And that isn't the case.
"If you are carrying a knife, you are more likely to be attacked yourself. And also the people that are with you are actually more likely to be attacked.
"So it's a misnomer to carry a knife for your own protection.
"But there are also occasions I believe where people are intimidated to carry knives themselves, where they want to be part of a gang.
"And I would urge people not to carry a knife. If you carry a knife, it takes a life."