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Blacksmith in anti-knife campaign

Key pendant

The pendants are made into the shape of keys

A blacksmith from Norfolk has forged a hundred pendants from melted down knives and guns seized by the police.

Nigel Barnett, from Fransham Forge near Dereham, made the pendants in the shape of a key to launch a drive against gun and knife crime in London.

Alexander Rose, from Mitcham in South London, started the campaign called Education is the Key after one of his friends was stabbed to death in 2006.

The pendants bear the message: "This used to be a knife".

'Negative image'

Mr Rose said: "I want young people to stop carrying weapons and think about what else is out there, apart from joining a gang.

"I'm using what I know best - design - to fight the negative gangster image and I want to inspire others to do something positive too."

The pendants have been designed by Mr Rose and forged into key shapes by Mr Barnett, who is also chairman of the British Artist Blacksmiths Association.

He said: "There's going to be some form of knife amnesty and the keys will be given away to encourage kids to hand in knives in return for a pendant."

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