Figures released by Merseyside Police show that the number of knife crimes reported in the area increased by 3% from 644 in 2013/14 to 667 in 2014/15, although the figure for January 2016 (63) was 18% (77) lower than the same month last year.
Crimestoppers, alongside the Sunday Mirror, held its third and final â€˜Drop the Knifeâ€™ summit in Liverpool at the Joseph Lappin Centre last month, following on from the first two events that were held in London and Birmingham.
Again, the panel was made up of representatives from Crimestoppers, government, law enforcement and campaigners, with an invited audience gathered to voice their views on knife crime and how to tackle it.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Jane Kennedy, spoke about the role she was playing in trying to support the community over this issue, and highlighted the challenges that were being faced.
Kennedy outlined that there was much work to be done and that those working to tackle this issue â€˜need to make sure weâ€™re doing all we can to help youngsters make the right choices.â€™
Keith McLachlan, knife crime lead at Merseyside Police, faced questions as to what the force was doing to try and bring down the number of incidents across Merseyside. His response was stern, but much like the police representatives at the previous events, he stated that his team wanted to explore all avenues before having to arrest individuals.
The knife crime lead said it was crucial not to paint all youngsters with the same brush, and that it was important to educate them, not to brandish them all as criminals.
As had been the case for the previous events, Crimestoppers was represented by Head of Operations, Adrian Tudway.
He spoke about our anonymous service, but also wanted to make it clear to those who have information on knife crime, that they have an outlet where they can be heard, with the peace of mind that their identity will never revealed.
Adrianâ€™s words were well received, but it was when Gee Walker, mother of murdered teenager Anthony Walker, took the microphone, that the invited audienceâ€™s attention was really grabbed.
Anthony was murdered in 2005 at the age of 18 after he was stabbed with an ice axe by Michael Barton and his cousin Paul Taylor, in an unprovoked racially motivated attack.
As a result, Gee setup the Anthony Walker Foundation, which looks to engage with young people across Merseyside, while raising the profile and tackling the issue of knife related crime.
Gee has worked tirelessly with the foundation for over ten years in Anthonyâ€™s memory, working with individuals and groups across Merseyside.
She admitted that while the work had been for the good of her community, it was for her family that she was dedicating so much time to the project.
Once again the event was opened up for questions and answers, with all panel members quizzed by a passionate and insightful audience from various areas of the community.
All the panel members were given the opportunity to give a closing statement, and it was Geeâ€™s that really touched the emotions of those invited.
She thanked those who were working to tackle the issue of knife crime, and while she continues to do all she can to keep knife crime down in the community, she confessed that even eleven years on, it doesnâ€™t get any easier.
The Crimestoppers knife crime events were attended by over 120 people across the three seminars and we would like to thank them, and of course our panellists, for making the events what they were.
We must also thanks the Sunday Mirror for supporting this campaign and for the coverage over the three weeks we ran our events.
Read our blogs from theÂ Birmingham and LondonÂ Drop the Knife events.