FIFERS are being urged to help rid their communities of knife crime by supporting a new campaign.
Crimestoppers launched the initiative on Monday and one of its aims is to drive home the message that information about violent criminals can be passed anonymously to the independent charity through a special hotline on 0800 555 111 or through the website - www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
The campaign is being partly funded by a generous donation of £700 from the family and friends of Lochgelly man Sean Stark.
Mr Stark was fatally stabbed with a kitchen knife in May 2009. The father-of-two, who was trying to save his neighbour from being beaten up, was left bleeding to death in the middle of the road outside his home.
Mary Stark, Sean’s mother, said: “We are proud to support this campaign to encourage those with information on knife carriers to do the right thing and tell Crimestoppers what they know.
“I don’t want another family going through what we have. Losing Sean in such tragic circumstances has been devastating for our family and I urge people of all ages, please do not carry knives.”
Information given to Crimestoppers is passed onto the police and law enforcement agencies in such a way that the caller’s identity is completely unidentifiable.
Calls and online forms are untraceable and providing information to Crimestoppers means you don’t have to give a statement to the police or go to court.
Ross Bennet, Fife Police Chief Inspector, said: “Fife Police welcomes this campaign at a time when the potentially-devastating impact of knife crime is of deep concern to many in our community.
“We take crimes involving knives and other weapons very seriously and are only too well aware of the devastation these offences cause to families and communities.”
Kate Jackson, national manager for Scotland Crimestoppers, added: “People who carry weapons pose an extreme danger to the public. The information you pass on could avert a crime, solve a crime, or even save a life.”