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Ex-soldier Steven to run knife awareness courses in Colchester
7:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
A FORMER soldier will teach youngsters how to protect themselves against knives in memory of murdered teenager Jay Whiston.
Steven Timperley has teamed up with charity Only Cowards Carry, run by Jay’s family and friends, to run knife awareness lessons.
He will give young ambassadors at the charity basic training to pass on to pupils in primary and secondary schools.
Mr Timperley, 46, who has run the Knives & Edged Weapons Awareness Programme for five years after retiring from Colchester’s Military Corrective Training Centre, was approached by Jay’s mum Caroline Shearer.
He said: “Caroline asked if we would be willing to develop a basic course to create more awareness.
“It will focus around personal safety and what to do if you’re faced with a knife.
“There are the basic things such as don’t go out at night on your own, don’t take shortcuts down alleyways and don’t display wealth.
“There will also be a little bit of combat management, very low level.
“It’s not martial arts and it’s not about fighting.
“It’s all about how to keep your distance and handing over wealth while doing that.”
Jay, 17, of Aster Close, Clacton, was stabbed to death outside a house party in Marlowe Way, Colchester in September last year.
Mr Timperley, whose course has been nominated for the best training initiative at the UK Security Excellence Awards in October this year, paid tribute to Mrs Shearer and Jay’s friends.
He said: “If this makes the difference to one person then we have achieved what we set out to do.
“Knife crime isn’t going away but the guys from Only Cowards Carry really want to do this. They want to do it for Jay.”
Mr Timperley will be teaching the ambassadors in September, with the course being taken out into schools in November.
Mrs Shearer is also backing the Gazette’s knife crime awareness campaign Lives not Knives.
<li> Edward Redman, 18, Stanway, is due to stand trial in January accused of murdering Jay.
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