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Tackling knife crime with fried chicken

New fast food packaging designed by the UK Government to tackle rising knife crime in the UK has been met with mixed reviews.

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The #knifefree friend chicken boxes are being rolled out across 210 outlets in England and Wales

Between March 2018 and March 2019, there were 43,516 knife crimes in the UK, which excludes statistics from Greater Manchester police due to data reading issues.

In the latest figures released by the Home Office, half of selected knife offences were assaults that caused an injury, an intent to cause harm or as the result of robberies.

To attempt to tackle the growing issue, the UK government has been trialling different methods, such as offering JD Sport vouchers to those who handed in their knives.

The latest initiative involves distributing fast food chicken boxes with warnings against the dangers of carrying a knife printed inside, across 210 outlets in England and Wales.

The government is doing everything it can to tackle the senseless violence that is traumatising communities and claiming too many young lives

The boxes will replace the standard packaging and feature real life stories of young people who rather than choosing the route of knife carrying, opted for other activities such as boxing or music.

Signage is also to be installed in the participating shops which will further promote the #knifefree campaign.
Policing minister, Kit Malthouse, comments: “These chicken boxes will bring home to thousands of young people the tragic consequences of carrying a knife and challenge the idea that it makes you safer.

“The government is doing everything it can to tackle the senseless violence that is traumatising communities and claiming too many young lives, including bolstering the police’s ranks with 20,000 new police officer on our streets.”

For every 100,000 people in London, there were 169 knife offences in 2018-19

Despite the chicken box campaign being part of a wider initiative to stamp down on knife crime, this particular idea has been met with a significant amount of criticism, with some Twitter users branding it “borderline racism”.

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary tweeted her view, describing the boxes as “yet another crude, offensive and probably expensive campaign”.

Some Twitter users have raised concerns over the racist stereotype that black people like fried chicken and the implications this choice of location could have in terms of linking black people to knife crime.

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