The PCC has told young people that they have nothing to fear after a survey revealed that nearly half of the demographic is worried about knife crime.

The survey was conducted by Survation for the BBC, with nearly 46 per cent of 2,000 youngsters aged between 13 and 18 expressing concerns about knife crime in their area.

West Mercia PCC John Campion said: “It’s deeply concerning to see hundreds of young people being concerned about knife crime in places they should feel safe.

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"Here in West Mercia, knife crime rates have remained low, but I am not complacent."

“Early intervention and prevention are key in tackling knife-related crime. That’s why I proudly fund The Children’s Society’s CLIMB and Steer Clear projects.

“They are making a real difference to the lives of young people across the three counties, helping the next generation navigate the challenges they face through their adolescence and choose a path free of crime.”

A self-referral can now be made for young people aged between 10 and 17 if you are worried they could be at risk of criminal exploitation.

Knife crime prevention project Steer Clear works with such young people.