Cumbrian Teen Detained For 12 Months Following Knife Incident

A Cumbrian teen has been detained for 12 months following a knife incident last month.

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 23, a 16-year-old boy was sentenced at Barrow Magistrates Court to 12 months detention following an incident in Barrow.

The boy who cannot be named for legal reasons has been detained after pleading guilty to attempted wounding, threatening with a bladed article in a public place and criminal damage.

The incident took place on Lesh Lane, Barrow on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

During the incident, the youngster approached a vehicle on foot before hitting it causing damage.

The teen then attempted to open one of the doors to the vehicle, before pulling out a knife and pointing at one of the occupants.

The person the knife was pointed at and then exited the vehicle running from the scene.

The defendant made threats towards another whilst swinging the knife at them.

T/ Detective Constable Ashlynne Elliott said: “There is no excuse for anyone to be walking the streets of Cumbria in possession of a knife. Doing so puts people at significant risk of serious injury or death – including the person carrying the knife.

“If you know someone who is carrying a knife or other weapons, please report it to us or Crimestoppers anonymously. We are all aware from incidents locally and nationally the impact this has on people’s lives and wider communities.”

Last week Cumbria Police took part in Operation Sceptre – a national campaign which takes place twice a year, supporting the work Cumbria Police carry out all year round, to ensure residents are safe from knife crime in their community.

The operation includes a knife amnesty where people can hand in dangerous bladed articles in order to make themselves and their communities a safer place.

If you are worried about someone you know carrying a knife, help and guidance is available:

  • Knife crime | Crimestoppers (
  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity that enables you to report crime anonymously – 0800 555 111
  • If you are aware someone is carrying a knife or offensive weapon, report it to us.
  •  Call 999 straight away if there is an ongoing incident involving a knife or offensive weapon.

Section 49 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 says that reports of cases heard in youth courts cannot include the name, address, school or any other information relating to the identity of the defendant. It is illegal to publish information which breaches Section 49.