Not A Blade


In 2008 a campaign entitled “Carry A Basketball, Not A Blade’ CABNAB was set up by Anthony Okereafor after the sudden and tragic death of his two friends as the result of knife crime within weeks of each other. Anthony wanted to do something to tackle the growing levels of knife crime, gang activity and anti social behaviour in his borough of Newham in East London.

These images were taken for the UK’s National Lottery Fund to document their support for the cause.

CABNAB is an educational programme alerting young people to the dangers of knife crime where the educational element is fit into basketball practice sessions. These sessions are often accompanied by Q&A with metropolitan police.

CABNAB has helped to contribute to a significant reduction in knife crime. In 2013 the borough Newham reported a 46%reduction in serious youth violence and gang-related crime.

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