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Knife amnesty launched in Gedling borough

Residents are being urged to hand over unwanted knives during a week-long amnesty designed to help make Gedling borough safer.

Amnesty bins will be available at a number of locations during the event which is being run from Monday, March 11 until Sunday, March 17.

The county-wide surrender is being organised by Nottinghamshire Police – as part of the national Operation Sceptre. It follows the success of their campaign back in September last year which led to 418 bladed weapons being handed in for destruction.

Red knife amnesty bins will be located at three locations across Gedling borough. These are Carlton Fire Station, Gedling Borough Council’s Civic Centre and Oxclose Lane Police Station in Arnold.

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

PICTURED: A knife collected during the last amnesty (IMAGES: Notts Police)

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “We are really grateful for the support of the community during the last amnesty in September. To take 418 knives out of circulation – many of them incredibly dangerous weapons – shows that the public is just as keen as we are to get them off the streets.

“We and our partners will do everything we can to reduce knife crime and this seven-day knife amnesty is yet another method of preventing knives from falling into the wrong hands.”

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

“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,” he said.

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

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