Story about a group of friends who are groomed and lured into county lines, delivering drugs packages to various areas using dedicated phone lines using trains and taxis for transport; Jamie one of the characters regrets picking up a knife for protection.
The story is educating children about the signs of being groomed, county lines, and the consequences of carrying knives. An original commission with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner Humberside.
Christina Gabbitas is a children’s author and founder of Children’s Literature Festivals charity, who spends a lot of her time within schools inspiring children to read and write through her books. Winner of a Sue Ryder Education award in 2016, TPBP Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award in 2017 and TPBP Best Achievement Award in 2019 for ‘Share Some Secrets’ a story that encourages children to speak out, and is also helping NSPCC Childline to raise funds with book sales. Christina is an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council and has been working in partnership with North Yorkshire Police, Humberside Police and Lancashire Police delivering sessions with schools.
The No More Knives story by Christina Gabbitas accurately portrays the dangers of exploitation facing young people today. The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit fully endorse this excellent resource for young people to recognise risks and potential consequences as well as signposting to organisations who will help them.
PC Russ Massie
Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit – www.nomoreknifecrime.co.uk
I deliver safeguarding training to adults, including taxi drivers and think it will be good to use within these. It’s hard hitting but really shows how easily these young people become involved. Really well done
Joanne Hills – www.nomoreknifecrime.co.uk
NMK’s hits home to people of all ages, for all the right reasons. Thought provoking, educational and sensitively arranged, this book should be made available to schools, colleges and beyond. A thoroughly recommended read, with great, relevant characters, brought to life through excellent illustration.
PC Steve Crowshaw
Warwickshire Police Officer
It is vitally important for us to invest in the future of our young people, who may be at risk of being diverted into crime or at danger of being exploited. We are proud to work with Christina Gabbitas to engage with young people. The ‘No More Knives’ story is a brilliant way of educating children and young people on the dangers of being exploited.
Police & Crime Commissioner Humberside 2020
I’m from Northumbria’s VRU education team and I’ll be speaking to the team about this resource to support our delivery to young people!
Leonie – Violence Reduction Unit Northumbria – www.nomoreknifecrime.co.uk
A great story to show the dangers of CL gangs to young people and the vulnerable
DI Mark Catney – www.nomoreknifecrime.co.uk