Police launch amnesty to take knives off Gedling borough streets

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TO combat knife crime, Nottinghamshire Police is urging people in Gedling borough to hand in any unwanted knives for disposal.

Operation Sceptre campaign is being launched today to take weapons off the street.

Knife surrender bins will be available across the borough.

Superintendent Kathryn Craner, the force’s knife crime lead, said: “Every knife handed in to us is one less dangerous weapon that can be used to cause serious harm or injury – potentially resulting in someone’s life being lost.

“While we have seen a sustained reduction in knife crime in Nottinghamshire we will never rest on our laurels and we remain determined to drive it down even further.

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“We understand the devastating impact knife-related crime has on people’s lives on all sides, both victims and perpetrators, and the immense harm and upset it can cause within wider communities.

“That’s why we continue to work closely with our partners all year round to educate people from an early age about the consequences and dangers of carrying a knife and getting drawn into violent crime.

“The continued support of the community is absolutely vital in tackling this issue.

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

“As well as encouraging people to safely dispose of knives we are asking them to help us make young people aware of the consequences of carrying or using a weapon, that they feel they have someone to talk to about their worries, and to help us spread the message that carrying and using knives will not be tolerated.

A knife amnesty will also be held across Nottinghamshire during Operation Sceptre, enabling people to leave their unwanted knives in amnesty bins.

People can hand in their knives without fear of prosecution for doing so for the duration of the amnesty.

There will also be a bin at the shared service at Carlton Fire Station.

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A bin will also be located at Oxclose Lane Police Station in Arnold.

People are advised to check the opening times of their nearest participating amnesty bin location before they visit.

Police will also be carrying out weapons sweeps and patrols during the week of action. Educational sessions on knife crime for schoolchildren and awareness-raising workshops for young people will also be held.

Stop and search activity will also be carried out to help keep people safe and a metal-detecting knife arch will be used to help detect and remove blades from the streets.

As part of its ongoing efforts to stop knives from falling into the wrong hands, Nottinghamshire Police is reminding people of new legislation under The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 – meaning it is now illegal to have certain types of knives and other items even at home in private, as well as it being an offence to carry them in public.

Some of the weapons now covered by the new laws include zombie knives, flick knives, butterfly knives, swords, throwing stars, knuckledusters and telescopic truncheons.

To find out more about the changes to the Offensive Weapons Act legislation, meaning it is now illegal to possess certain items in private as well as in public, search ‘Offensive Weapons Act 2019’ online.


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