Carrying a knife can mean up to four years in prison

Carrying a knife can mean up to four years in prison, even if you don’t use it. It’s illegal for anyone to carry a knife – even in self-defence and even if the knife doesn’t belong to you.

An adult carrying a knife could be fined an unlimited penality

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. You’ll get a prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once.

You can get a criminal record for just carrying a knife

You can get a criminal record for just carrying a knife, with a criminal record, it might be harder to get a job. You could also face difficulties when trying to travel to countries such as USA or Canada.

Carry a weapon are more likely to be hospitalised with an injury

Carrying a knife doesn’t protect you as research has found that people who carry a weapon are more likely to be hospitalised with an injury caused by violence.

You could be sent to prison for murder in what is referred to as joint enterprise

If someone is injured or killed by a knife or gun in your presence, even if you’re not the one using the weapon, you too could be prosecuted. You could be sent to prison for murder in what is referred to as ‘joint enterprise’.

99% of young people aged 10-29 don’t carry a knife

Even though the media focus on young people carrying a knife, 99% of young people aged 10–29 don’t carry a knife.

Even small knives can kill

Even small knives can kill. Even if you don’t intend to injure someone badly, you could end up killing them.