Herts Police holds amnesty to drive down knife crime

PUBLISHED: 12:37 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 07 September 2018

Weapons handed in during a previous knife amnesty in Stevenage. Picture: Herts Police.

Weapons handed in during a previous knife amnesty in Stevenage. Picture: Herts Police.

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You can hand in knives with no questions asked at three Hertfordshire police stations as part of a knife amnesty this September.

Haul from a previous knife amnestyHaul from a previous knife amnesty

Hertfordshire Police is joining other forces across the country in Operation Sceptre, a national knife amnesty.

Between Tuesday, September 18 and Monday, September 24, you will be able to surrender any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possessing them.

Any knives that you do not want or should not have, can be surrendered anonymously in bins provided at Hatfield, Stevenage or Watford police stations.

Knife-related crime has increased in Hertfordshire and nationwide in recent years.

The amnesty also provides an opportunity to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife, give crime prevention advice and raise awareness amongst local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal.

As part of a wider campaign, officers will be carrying out knife detection operations, test purchasing at knife retailers, and visiting schools to deliver talks on the dangers of carrying a knife.

Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “Dealing with violent crime is a priority for the police and Operation Sceptre now runs on a regular basis around the country.

“In Hertfordshire previous amnesties have been very effective in reducing the number of knives in circulation, and we are developing new initiatives to understand the issues driving this increase and to educate young people about knives.

“Any knives that we can be taken off of our streets will help to make everyone safer.”

Detective chief inspector Tracy Pemberton said: “A key part of our strategy is educating young people that carrying a knife makes you much more likely to be injured or arrested.”

For station opening times, see: www.herts.police.uk/stations.

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