Merseyside's Police Commissioner will be among the guest panellists at a special event looking at ways to prevent knife crime.
Drop the Knife: You Only Live Once is a series of events being run in partnership by Crimestoppers and the Sunday Mirror with the aim of getting communities talking about the knife crime and how we can work together to help prevent more lives being lost.
The Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, is among a panel of guest speakers who will be giving their views and taking questions at the Liverpool event which will be held at the Joseph Lappin Centre in Old Swan.
The Joseph Lappin Centre is a thriving community hub that was founded in memory of murdered teenager Joseph Lappin in 2012 in Old Swan.
Army cadet Joseph was just 16 years old when he was fatally stabbed outside Shrewsbury Youth Club in Everton. He was watching his friends’ band The Frontiers at the Church of England-run youth club, in Langrove Street, when he was attacked.
His 16-year-old killer James Moore, of Silvester Street, Vauxhall, was given a 17-year minimum jail term after pleading guilty to murder at Liverpool crown court.
The Joseph Lappin Foundation was established by Joseph’s mum Toni, to raise funds to help young people and raise awareness of gun and knife crime.
Other panellists at the event will be:
- Crimestoppers Head of Operations, Adrian Tudway;
- Founder of the Anthony Walker Foundation, Gee Walker;
- Merseyside Police Superintendent, Keith McLachlan;
- Founder of Gangsline, Sheldon Thomas;
Other events are being held in London, Leeds and Birmingham.
If you have an opinion on knife crime, this is your chance to be heard. Come and talk about your personal experiences and ask the panel any questions you may have.
Register for free to attend the event here.