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Play at Birmingham New Street station over knife crime

A play raising awareness of knife crime is being performed by A-level students at Birmingham's New Street station.

Cutting Edge, written by students at Great Barr School, was being put on throughout Wednesday and will be performed on Friday on the concourse.

About £2,600 was secured via the Ben Kinsella Trust, which was set up by the family of a boy who was stabbed to death, British Transport Police said.

Police organised the event, which is being performed three times an hour.

'Long way'

The play, lasting about five to 10 minutes, highlights the dangers and consequences of carrying knives and weapons.

It was written by the students based on their own experiences and perceptions of knife crime issues.

British Transport Police said officers and the school secured about £2,600 from the Prince's Trust as part of £30,000 funding it received from the Ben Kinsella Trust.

The trust was established by the 16-year-old's boy family, after he was stabbed to death in north London in 2008.

Ben's sister, ex-EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella, who was appointed a government adviser on the issue of knife crime last year, was due at the event in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Sgt Julie Everett, of British Transport Police, said: "We hope it will go a long way towards educating people, young people in particular, about the consequences of carrying weapons.

"Weapon-related crime, although extremely rare on the rail network, affects the victims' families and their communities alike."

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