The Area Commander for Newcastle & Gateshead has asked everyone to do their part to help tackle and prevent knife-related crime
Following the tragic death of 14-year-old Gordon Gault in Elswick, Chief Superintendent Helena Barron has issued a message to all families across the North East:
"It is with sadness that I am standing here today following the loss of a young life in a suspected knife attack.
"As a result of an incident in the Elswick area of Newcastle last Wednesday, 14-year-old Gordon Gault, of Newcastle, has tragically died.
"This is a devastating outcome and our thoughts are with his family at this time.
"An investigation remains ongoing into the incident and so far we have made 14 arrests.
"At this stage, we believe all parties involved were known to each other and there is no information to suggest there is a risk to the wider public.
"Today, I am standing here to make it clear that carrying a knife can never be acceptable – and we all have a responsibility to make sure that message is spread loud and clear, far and wide.
"Each and every one of us – as parents, families, communities and as a society – can help tackle knife crime.
"This is a priority for us and a huge amount of work is ongoing every single day to reduce the impact of this type of offending – from knife searches, targeting suspects and delivering educational inputs in schools and universities.
"We work with our partners, through diversionary schemes and the Violence Reduction Unit to steer people away from violence.
"This week, we are supporting the national campaign – Operation Sceptre – which reiterates the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.
"Throughout this week we have surrender bins in place at police stations across the Force. Every knife handed in is one less that can potentially be used to cause damage in our communities.
"I am asking for you to continue to work with us. As families, please have those conversations about the consequences of knife crime.
"To those who carry a knife or weapon – think again and do not take them out with you.
"To anyone who has information about someone who is in possession of a knife or any weapon, please let us know.
"By taking action now, you could save a life.
"Our region is safe a place with a strong sense of community.
"And we all have a role to play to ensure it continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.