Father swapping knives for vouchers reveals he was stabbed 18 times

Vigilante father in a one-man crusade to rid Britain’s streets of knives by encouraging teenagers to swap blades for JD Sports vouchers reveals he has been stabbed EIGHTEEN times

  • Faron Paul, 31, runs a knife amnesty which collects the weapons from teenagers 
  • He says he does it for his kids who he wants to ‘live long and happy lives’ 
  • On Good Morning Britain he revealed he was stabbed nine times on 2 occasions

A father on a one-man mission to rid Britain’s streets of knives by exchanging them for shopping vouchers has revealed he has been stabbed 18 times.

Faron Alex Paul, 31, from London, was knifed nine times on two separate occasions in 2000 and 2006.  

He now runs his own knife amnesty scheme, where youngsters can hand in their weapons and swap them for JD Sports vouchers.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today the young father, who calls himself a ‘daddy by day and vigilante by night’ told of his horrific ordeals.

He said: ‘I’ve been stabbed nine times twice. The first one weren’t so bad, but the second one I had 40 per cent blood loss, I was in a coma, there was muscle wastage.

‘I had to learn how to tie my shoelaces again. I nearly got killed.’

Faron Alex Paul, 31, from London, was knifed nine times on two separate occasions in 2000 and 2006 

Pictured: Mr Paul appeared on Good Morning Britain today where he revealed he has been stabbed a total of 18 times 

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Mr Paul said the second stabbing was a result of a ‘an altercation gone wrong’ after he defended a female relative in an argument.  

Speaking about the effect it had on him, he told the programme: ‘At first I was very lost. 

‘I didn’t know what to do with myself, it took me a long time to look at myself in the mirror again, I was in a bad way.’ 

Mr Paul’s scheme, Faz Amnesty, sees people contact him on Instagram to arrange a private meeting.

When they hand over their weapon, Mr Paul agrees to give it to the police anonymously, at great personal risk.

He will then give them vouchers for stores including JD Sports.  

Mr Paul, 31, has set up a knife amnesty which collects the weapons from teenagers

Faron gives people JD Sports vouchers in return for handing over their blades which he then passes to the police

He told Sky News last week: ‘Everybody wants to know why I do this. I do it because I have kids and I want them to live long and happy lives.

It’s dangerous work so I try to protect myself with a stab-proof vest and I normally have a friend and my dog with me, too. But you never know.

 ‘But every time I take a knife off the street I am probably saving a life and stopping someone from going to jail.

‘To me that is worth the risk. I’m trying to help build a better future for the next generation and a situation where local communities don’t need to live in fear.’  

In a video posted to his social media account, the young father showed his followers three of the deadly weapons which he had collected from a single mother who had confiscated them for her son. 

He said he has a ‘crazy response’ to Faz Amnesty and told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid he has ‘100 messages’ on his phone from potential weapon-bearers.

Mr Paul made headlines in 2017 when he confiscated a ‘Rambo-style’ knife from teenagers attending his niece’s 16th birthday party.

At the time he said he allowed his ‘beautiful 14-year-old daughter’ go to her cousin’s birthday party in Broad Lane, Tottenham, if he could supervise.

But Mr Paul then received a call from his brother who said 20 teenagers were trying to force their way inside the party.

And when he discovered one of the teenagers was carrying a huge bladed weapon, he searched the other young men and found they were carrying knives too and took them.   

The ‘daddy by day and vigilante by night’ took to social media to show the work he was doing to rid Britain of its bloody stabbing crisis

When GMB presenter Piers Morgan quoted statistics that show London’s knife crime problem is mostly among young black men, Mr Paul disagreed.

He said: ‘You’re talking about Hackney, Tottenham, Peckham, Woolwich. They are predominately black areas so you’re going to get black people committing crimes.’

Quizzed on why young people are carrying knives, he said that it is because ‘they can’t get guns’ like in the United States.

He said ‘early intervention in schools’ and ‘nurturing children’ is the key to ridding Britain’s streets of weapons.

He added: ‘You get one chance in life and you’ve got to embrace that chance.’

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