News 14 August 2019

Government Criticised After Launching Special Chicken Boxes To Reduce Knife Crime

14 August 2019

The government has launched a new scheme to raise awareness about knife crime by distributing special chicken boxes to fast food restaurants across the UK.

A part of the Home Office’s #knifefree campaign, the special boxes will feature real life stories from people who have escaped knife crime.

320,000 of the chicken boxes will be used in 210 chicken shops including Morley’s, Chicken Cottage and Dixy Chicken.

The Home Office took to Twitter to announce their #knifefree chicken boxes.

“We are rolling out our #KnifeFree chicken boxes in over 210 chicken shops in England and Wales, including Morley’s, Dixy Chicken and Chicken Cottage”, they wrote.

“They use real life stories to show people how they can go #KnifeFree.”

The campaign has come under from many politicians and social media users who have criticised the campaign for stereotyping.

Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, tweeted: “Is this some kind of joke?! Why have you chosen chicken shops? What’s next, #KnifeFree watermelons?”

The Home Office’s new scheme comes months after Morley’s served customers meals in #knifefree boxes in 15 of its branches.