Knife crime is becoming an issue you cannot ignore in many cities in the United Kingdom. In Sheffield, one funeral director has pledged to set up a drop-off point for knives at his business premises. The announcement comes after another fatal stabbing in the city of Sheffield.
Fatal Knife Attack
Michael Fogg, a funeral director at Michael Fogg Family Funeral Directors, said the weapons bin will be there for all people to post their knives, with ‘no questions asked’. Fogg chose to make this announcement to prevent the further continuance of knife crime in Sheffield. It follows the fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old at a property on Woodthorpe Road on Friday. The knife crime was less than a mile away from Michael Fogg’s business premises.
Knife Crime in the Community
Michael wrote a heartfelt Facebook post where he said he “felt sick” at yet another life being lost to knife crime in his Sheffield community. He also wrote that “something has to be done about this and I hope the youths see my post”. The knife attack on Friday was the second fatal stabbing in Sheffield this year. On New Year’s Day, Isiah Usen-Satchell was lost to knife crime in Sheffield.
Increase in Knife Crime
The occurrence of knife crime has doubled in South Yorkshire in the past nine years. This is one of the highest increases in knife crime outside of London. The South Yorkshire Police said that following the fatal stabbing there would be more officers that will be carrying out house to house inquiries and searches.
The detectives of this knife crime have urged the killers to do what is right and come forward. A spokesperson of the Sheffield police force said that they were aware of Mr Fogg’s plans to open a knife drop-off point and would be discussing it with him further.