© NCCL Galleries of Justice, Nottingham
Last year the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, once the city’s courts and prisons from the 1780s to the 1980s, opened an exhibition of confiscated guns and knives, to warn young people about the consequences of crime.
The variety of weapons on display no doubt sent a chill down the spine of visitors, in a city where, like other parts of the country, this sort of crime is an ongoing and serious problem.
The project was run in conjunction with a national education charity called the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL). Today, this charity has announced that it will use £10,000 of government grant money to work with two schools in Nottingham through a project called ‘Actively Reducing Crime: Why Guns and Knives?’
Pupils will produce a crime audit of their local area, to get a better understanding about why people turn to violent crime. From the audit they will be given a £1,000 grant to design and deliver a prevention campaign, based on getting key messages about gun and knife crime across to the public.
The funding, part of over £2.3 million in Home office grants to tackle knife crime and support victims, is to be given to over 150 organisations across the country.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson praised all of the organisations in the scheme for their frontline work, and applauded the way they were fighting “tirelessly” to tackle the problem.