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Lowestoft 25-year-old Shane Harvey urges people to find a way to change from a life of knife crime



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This year has been one of change for Lowestoft resident Shane Harvey.

Born in Thetford, the now-25-year-old has spent much of the last 10 years in and out of prison for various offences, including knife crime, assaults and affray.

Handling a knife was seen as normal to Shane, but now out of prison and happily enjoying life, he is urging others to put down the weapon.

Shane Harvey has spent the last 10 years in and out of prison. Picture: Creepz Official
Shane Harvey has spent the last 10 years in and out of prison. Picture: Creepz Official

"Picking up knives I thought was cool and fun, but when you look back I was just an idiot," he said.

"But growing up it was just normal where I was living, so basically I took it from where I was living in Kent to Lowestoft and it seemed normal because I was doing it in Kent thinking it was a normal life.

"Because I was so young I didn’t really understand and didn’t really know right from wrong as a kid."

Shane Harvey. Picture: Creepz Official
Shane Harvey. Picture: Creepz Official

Suffolk Constabulary recently held a knife amnesty week as part of a national campaign known as Operation Sceptre. Over 300 knives were surrendered, with seven people also arrested.

It is life that Shane is familiar with, but it is a life that he also looking to help others get out of.

He added: "There was this person I was talking to on Facebook and they sent me a post of this person with a knife saying 'I am going to put it in your neck'. So I just messaged the person and said ‘you shouldn’t pick on vulnerable people’ and I sent them the link to my article and said ‘wise up and read that.’

"They said something like ‘I’ll read it but I don’t think I’ll change’. I said you just need to change."

Shane is urging people to walk away from the life of knife crime. Picture: Creepz Official
Shane is urging people to walk away from the life of knife crime. Picture: Creepz Official

To help battle and find a way out of a life of crime, Shane turned to one of his passions - music.

Known as Creepz, the 25-year-old funnels his messages regarding mental health and crime through his music.

"Music keeps me going, it keeps me sane and keeps my mental health well. It keeps me focused," continued Shane.

"Not only that but my family, Bella and the kids, they keep me going as well. They strive for me and keep me going, so I don’t want to do that kind of stuff in front of them."

Asked how he is feeling now, he said: "Before I was always mentally unwell. I was paranoid of police thinking ‘I have got a blade on me shall I hide, shall I run, where shall I chuck it’ and always watching my back.

"It is just not a nice life to live. I just want to focus on music. I am buzzing and happy.

"Walk away and just get rid of it. You want to live that life then do it, but there is a way to change."

To find out more about Shane and his music, click here.