Police have shared a harrowing picture of a blood-soaked hospital bed in a bid to shock knife carriers into putting down their blades.
The gruesome image shows a large red splattering across a mattress, stretcher and floor in the centre of a room surrounded by medical equipment.
‘If you want to carry a knife…… Think before you do,’ West Midlands Police tweeted alongside the photo, which is thought to be from an incident in China.
‘This might be what awaits you. #lifeorknife #opforecast.’
‘Get the image circulated around schools, colleges etc, might wake a few ‘Hard Guys’ brains. Hope they’ve managed to help this victim?!?’ one person responded.
Another said: ‘It needs to be bought home to people. And the consequences of a prison sentence for people found carrying a knife on second occasion.
‘It’s not a film that can be replayed or a video game. Life is precious. You only have one go at it. Do good and not harm.’
While a third added: ‘Horrific picture. I hope you use this to get your message over wherever you can.’
Earlier today it was revealed that knife crime had hit its highest level in 10 years.
Last year there were 21,484 knife and offensive weapons offences recorded, new crime figures revealed – the highest number since 2009.
But the stats don’t include unreported or unsolved crimes either, meaning the real number is likely to be even higher.
One in five of the culprits was aged under 18 and almost two-thirds of cases did not result in an immediate prison term.
In North Yorkshire, police revealed today that an eight-year-old girl had to have a knife confiscated from her at school last week.
‘When I arrived the child told me they would stab me in the heart,’ an officer said.
‘So this week we are educating people around the dangers of knives.’
A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘The incident was brought to a safe conclusion and no-one was injured and the knife recovered. The girl is now receiving appropriate support.’