For information about what happens if you are stopped by the police or go to court, or if you are affected by a crime, look at these websites:
- Safe is the Metropolitan Police’s website for young people. It has information on keeping safe and what happens if you are stopped or arrested.
- The Mix has information on what happens if you break the law, crime prevention and what to do if you are a victim of crime.
- GOV.UK has information on different types of crime and what happens if you report a crime or go to court.
Carrying a knife or gun is illegal in the UK. The police can stop and search you if they think you may be carrying a weapon. If you are carrying a knife, things can quickly get out of control. You might injure or kill someone, or get stabbed yourself. Have a look at what can happen in the video 'Choose a different ending' below.
If you are the victim of a crime, or witness a crime, you can contact the local Victim Support Helpline for people who have been affected by crime T: 020 7336 1770/out of hours 0808 168 9111.
You can also request support via the website www.victimsupport.org.uk/
If you have witnessed or have information about a crime, you can report it in confidence, without anyone knowing who passed on the information:
You can ring Crimestoppers T: 0800 555 111. This is an independent charity helpline which allows you to report a crime anonymously. They will never ask your name or try to trace your telephone number.
Or look at Fearless a website for young people. It allows you to give information about a crime anonymously.
To contact the Police
Call 999 if someone is in danger or a crime is taking place.
Call 101 to report a crime and other circumstances that do not require an emergency response.
Operators can access interpreters if you have difficulty speaking English.
Textphone if you are deaf or have a speech difficulty:
- Emergency 18000
- Non-emergency 18001 101.
For details of your local police stations, look at the External links section.