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A fashion student from Birmingham City University who says she has lost multiple friends and family members to knife crime has created a stab-proof jacket.
Shelana Morton, 32, from Birmingham, created the gilet using a layer of ‘kevlar’ - a protective fabric which forms part of uniforms worn by army, military and police officers which helps to prevent slash and puncture wounds.
“An 11 year-old told me that my gilet garment could save his life,” she said. “What world do we live in when a child as young as 11 is saying that?”
She has also incorporated phrases stitched into the jacket's hood including: ‘Protect yourself with language not violence’, ‘Value your life’ and ‘Do you want to live with blood on your hands?’.
I've lost multiple family members and friends to knife crime - I understand what families are going through, and because of that and the rise in knife crime, it all resonated with me. I just think it's time for change.
Hundreds of people have joined an online challenge by rapping against knife crime.