New films highlight the viciousness and real costs of knife crime

Issued on 14/11/17 at 8:36 a.m.

Two new films showing the horrific impact of knife crime have been released today (Tuesday 14 November) by Leicestershire Police.

Their release follows a week-long policing operation of warrants and searches in the force area which resulted in seven people being arrested and 17 knives recovered.

Both short films relate to the murder in Albion Street, Leicester, earlier this year of Lauric Lebato, and are being released as part of the Force’s on-going #livesnotknives campaign aimed at combating knife crime.

The first film is called “Lauric’s Final Minutes” and is a compilation of extensive CCTV evidence that shows the events leading up to the moment he is fatally stabbed. It is distressing to watch and carries a warning at the start.

The second film, a knife crime infographic video called “One Knife”, shows the statistical impact his murder had on two families, on two communities, and on the many different agencies involved in the investigation following his death.

Both films, produced with the support of Lauric’s father Tagbeu, are currently being made available as part of a wider package of educational materials to schools in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, for head teachers to screen at their discretion

Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, who led the investigation into Lauric’s murder, said he hoped the films would help deter young people from carrying knives and also help to educate parents, carers, teachers and our communities about the dangers of carrying a knife.

He said:

“Lauric’s murder was not the first knife-related homicide I have investigated, and unless people are brave enough to radically change their behaviour, I fear it will not be the last.

“Sometimes words alone are not enough to change people’s behaviour; that’s why I hope these two latest films may have more of an impact on some people who still feel it necessary or wise to carry a knife.

“I have witnessed first-hand, and too many times, the savage brutality that a knife can inflict on another human being.

“I have, all too frequently, seen the enormous and long-term impact a few seconds of thoughtlessness can have, not just on immediate families but on whole communities and countless others who get affected, often for the rest of their lives, by the tragic devastation.

“Earlier this year we broadcast a short film called “A father’s Story” in which Lauric’s father spoke about the life-changing consequences of his son’s death. To date this has been seen more than 60,000 times. I only hope that people will watch these two new films, as well as re-watch “A Father’s story”, and consider changing their behaviour before it is too late for another individual, another family and another community”.

As a result of the week of action, staged by the force between 29 October and 5 November:

DCI Rollinson said:

“There is only so much the Police and other partner agencies can do to stop people carrying – and using – knives.

“We need young people to realise the utter devastation knives can cause, and that they are in fact increasing their chances of being injured or killed if they choose to carry knives. Only the young people can change the culture of knife carrying – it is in their gift to make a conscious decision not to carry a knife. It’s a decision they need to reach – and it’s a message we need their parents, teachers and peers to be reinforcing.”

Sulaiman Sillah, 20, was sentenced to life imprisonment having been convicted at Birmingham Crown Court in August of the murder of Lauric lebato. He will serve a minimum of 24 years. Sheriff Oluwa, also 20, was found guilty at the same court of violent disorder and was sentenced to serve 30 months.

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