More than 360 items surrendered during knife amnesty

Thursday 4th April 2019 11:04 BST

More than 360 knives and bladed items were handed in to police during the week-long knife amnesty held in Cornwall and Devon last month.

The amnesty was part of the ongoing national knife crime reduction initiative Operation Sceptre and ran from 11 to 17 March.

A total of 367 items were handed in to local police stations. Police say they were mostly knives or bladed articles but included a handful of other items such as arrow heads and four BB guns.

As with previous amnesties, a lot of domestic knives were binned. Outside of amnesty periods, people with unwanted knives can dispose of them in household waste as long as they are packaged securely so as to avoid handling injuries. Otherwise they can be deposited along with other bladed items in the metal recycling skip at local reclamation facilities.

Superintendent Jeremy Capey said: “The number of knives and bladed items handed in is in line with the last three amnesties. People have taken the time and trouble to hand in potentially dangerous items which have now been destroyed. As a preventive measure, coupled with increasingly stringent national legislation on the sale of knives, we feel this is proportionate and helpful in maintaining a much lower level of knife related incidents than in other areas of the country.

“Having said that we are not complacent and would urge anyone who has concerns that a relative of friend may be carrying a knife with no good reason to contact the police. You can do that anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0300 123 2040 if you prefer.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Alison Hernandez said: “We’ve all heard about the devastating damage knives do to people and communities and I’d like to thank all of those who have used this opportunity to do the right thing and take a dangerous weapon out of circulation.

“We’re fortunate that Devon and Cornwall remain two of the safest counties in the country and we want to keep it that way.”

Government advice and legislation on selling, buying and carrying knives can be found at: www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

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