'24 Hours In Police Custody' Made A Chilling Point About Knife Crime
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Last night's 24 Hours In Police Custody took a chilling look at Britain's knife crime epidemic, focusing on two shocking stabbings committed in broad daylight.
As the Luton police force investigated the crimes, the episode showed disturbing footage of the stabbings, one of which occurred in a busy shopping centre between three young boys.
The other horrifying case centred around the murder of 18-year-old Azaan Kaleem, who was stabbed as he walked to Luton town centre with his girlfriend and friend. He tragically died from his injuries two days later.
Azaan's death was seemingly put down to 'the wrong look being exchanged at the wrong time' as he was knifed in a barbaric 22-second attack in the middle of the day. The teen is said to have caught the eye of a gang member moments earlier.
The episode made chilling points about the growing issue of knife crime in the UK, with viewers horrified by the lack of motive behind the all of brutal stabbings and the criminals' attitude to the crimes.
Others pointed out that the episode highlighted that carrying a blade doesn't always keep you safe, as Azaan had a knife on him too.
"Carrying a knife doesn't make you safer. It's either going to make you a criminal or a victim," explains one of the detectives. "But to go from a dirty look to dying is ridiculous. It just doesn't make any sense."
National crime statistics suggest that there were 40,000 blade-related incidents across the country in the year to September 2018, and the shocking footage from both cases prompted viewers to take to social media disturbed by what they'd witnessed.
"Just finished watching @Channel4 24 Hours In Police Custody, what a heartbreaking watch. Knife crime needs to stop!! Too many young lives being lost for foolish reasons," wrote one person.
While somebody else tweeted: "24 Hours In Police Custody ...... Should be shown in all schools, this is the reality of carrying knives. No one wins."
A third wrote: "Watching 24 Hours In Police Custody and something seriously needs done about knife crime. I don't know what the solution is but young kids are f*cking killing each other in the street over a dodgy look or someone in the 'wrong place'. Madness, life is far too precious."
24 hours in police custody tonight is incredibly difficult to watch. I feel sick to my stomach. Knife crime between what I class as children / teenagers is out of control. Where does this anger and ability to want to take another's life come from at such a young age?- Viki :tm: (@MrsVFreeman) March 25, 2019
That 24 hours in police custody / knife crime last night was tough. Something deeply wrong when a bunch of youngsters can so willingly act like that. Horror movie shit. Do they think the kid won't actually die? Or genuinely not care? Too many questions. #knifecrime- Marc Ross (@marc_dirtyhands) March 26, 2019
Just watched the first two minutes of 24 hours in police custody 'knifed'. And already two boys have been stabbed bleeding to death, all for what? Who's got the biggest shank? Who's the hardest? And it's on the rise! Awful, more needs to be done to stop this #24hrsinpolicecustody- Sophie Beavis (@smbeavis1) March 26, 2019
24 Hours in Police Custody remains one of the most shocking bits of TV out there and the opening 2 mins of this week's episode proves that. Blimey :frowning: @Channel4- Jonny Chambers (@imjonnychambers) March 25, 2019
Folks, have a watch of tonight's 24 hours in Police Custody on @Channel4. It is shocking but shows the reality of knife crime.- Hants Response Cops (@HCResponseCops) March 25, 2019
If you have teenage kids watch it with them, have a conversation about why carrying a blade does NOT keep you safe.#OpSceptre
The three teenage boys in the mall attack all received jail sentences. Che Stevens, 18, from Bedford, was sentenced to seven-and a half-years for stabbing Luca Sanni on 21st January 2018.
Sanni, 17 at the time of the attack and previously of Luton but now living in Cambridgeshire, received five years for attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.
And 18-year-old Imani Pobi Da Silva, previously from Luton but now of Milton Keynes, was sentenced to a year for holding a knife.
Despite almost all answering 'no comment' during their police interviews, the gang were jailed for a total of 63 years for the murder of Azaan Kaleem.
Rashaan Ellis, 18, of Derwent Road, Luton, and Callum Smith, 19, of Cowridge Crescent, Luton, who can now be named after the reporting restriction was lifted, were given life sentences in December.
Harrison Searle, 18, of Derwent Road, Luton, was given life with a minimum of 16 years in jail for the murder.
Reece Bliss-McGrath, 20, was found guilty of manslaughter, and was sentenced to 11 years.