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A Star is the brainchild of Fitz Hall, Andy Johnson, Ken Bonsu and Ronnie Wilson and was set up with the aim of encouraging young people to express themselves in a positive manner and to make it possible to be around role models who do not glamorise crime, guns or drugs. With the death rate among teenagers increasing Fitz and Ken wanted to do something.

As an example, based on one survey, a worst-case projection indicates that 60,000 young people (predominantly male) may be stabbed and injured in the UK each year, whilst a rather more conservative estimate could be 22,000. The discrepancy in the two figures should not really be surprising as the figures were derived from the questioning of around 600 under 25-year-olds, who were asked whether they had been knifed or stabbed, and then extrapolated to provide a “National Statistic” (Governments Offending, Crime and Justice Survey – OCJS).

Whatever the actual numbers, it is clear that the persons most likely to be at risk from knife violence are – young, black or Asian males, living in high crime inner city areas… but as is all too evident from the events of the last year – young or old, ordinary citizens, solicitors, police officers, etc – no-one is exempt!