Sean stopped carrying a knife after taking up boxing.
Young people who previously carried knives have shared their stories in a series of adverts released by the #knifefree campaign.
It is run by the Home Office, who have put together the footage, while working with the Met Police, to tackle the increase in stabbings.
Havering has seen an 85% rise in knife crime over the last three years according to statistics released in April this year.
Two other people also explained how they managed to stop carrying a knife.
Aaron says he fell in with the wrong crowd who were all carrying blades:
“It got to a point where it’s like, ‘why am I following these people?’ It’s crazy.
“All the time I was swearing, swearing, swearing that I didn’t want to live like that.”
Aaron is now knife free and has started studying media at college where he has made new friends.
Charlie made new friends by playing basketball.
Charlie said his issues begin at secondary school when he was trying to be accepted into specific social groups.
“People I was hanging around with were carrying knives but I avoided that pressure in a way.
“One lunchtime I decided to play basketball with someone else I had never played with before. There was a smile on my face while I was playing, doing something new.”
A series of videos dedicated to each person is also being released.
— Barking & Dagenham Police (@MPSBarkDag) June 13, 2019
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