Police put out knife amnesty bins across Gedling borough

Blades can be disposed of without fear of prosecution using bins in Arnold, Carlton and Gedling

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PICTURED: Knives can be handed in using a number of bins located across the borough (PIC: Nottinghamshire Police)

Knife amnesty bins are to be placed at Carlton Fire Station, Oxclose Lane Police Station and the council’s Civic Centre as part of the county’s response to knife crime.

The seven-day knife amnesty has been organised by Nottinghamshire Police and is part of the national knife crime campaign Operation Sceptre.

The amnesty starts on Monday, September 17 and runs until midnight on Sunday, September 23.

Members of the public can hand over their unwanted knives without fear of prosecution for doing so, for the duration of the operation.

This is the first knife amnesty to be held in county since 2013 – when 278 knives were handed in.

Police forces across the country are taking part in the amnesty, with the aim of preventing knives falling into the hands of criminals.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “Knives have no place on the streets of Nottinghamshire and we work tirelessly alongside partner agencies to catch offenders and prevent people becoming involved in knife crime in the first place.

“Nottinghamshire Police has the only dedicated Knife Crime Team outside of the Metropolitan Police and has reintroduced Schools and Early Intervention Officers who visit schools across Nottinghamshire to talk to young people about issues including knife crime. We also use positive, targeted response activity and carry out thorough investigations.

“We are proud to support this national seven-day knife amnesty as part of Operation Sceptre as yet another method of reducing the number of knives that could potentially fall into the wrong hands.”

ACC Meynell added that the amnesty bins are at various locations around the county, meaning people should all have one within easy access.

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“We want the process of handing them in to be as simple as possible so there will be no paperwork to fill in. People can simply drop them in the bins and leave, and we will collect them all up at the end of the week and destroy them,” she added.

Chief Inspector Donna Lawton, knife crime lead for Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our partners at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council (Retford and Worksop), Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council are each supporting the operation by hosting bins at shared sites.

“This partnership approach shows that we are stronger when we work together on this issue which impacts on the communities we all serve.”

The amnesty will also be supported by highlighting other ongoing work the force engages in throughout the year to tackle knife crime, such as area weapons sweeps.

People are asked to check the opening times at their local amnesty points across the borough before they visit.

The participating stations and partner agency locations are as follows:

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