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Force launches four week knife surrender initiative

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are launching a four-week long knife surrender campaign aimed at making the streets of the region safer for everyone.

During the campaign anyone can surrender a knife or blade at one of a number of police stations around the region.

This is part of Operation Sceptre, a national operation to reduce knife crime and the number of families affected by knife crime.

Knife surrender bins will be located at the following police stations:

  • Hereford

  • Kidderminster

  • Leamington Spa

  • Nuneaton

  • Redditch

  • Rugby

  • Shrewsbury

  • Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Telford

  • Worcester

 

People surrendering knives at the stations will not have to leave their names or any details. However, if police suspect a weapon has been used in a crime they will examine it for evidence.

Chief Inspector Sharon Cannings said: "While the region doesn't have a big knife problem we're keen to play our part in this national campaign to tackle knife crime and the damage it causes to communities.

"Knife crime doesn't just affect the victims it affects the families of victims and offenders and has a devastating impact on the wider community.

"We want people who carry knives to stop and think about the potential consequences for others and themselves.

"For the next four weeks people will have the opportunity to surrender those knives anonymously. The decision to do so might be the most important decision they ever make."

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said "Whilst we are fortunate that knife crimes are rare in our communities, just one incident is one too many, and the consequences can be devastating. The knife surrender campaign, is just one of many ways in which West Mercia Police is committed to tackling violent crime. I am committed to ensuring they have the resources to keep our communities safe and secure."

Clive Knowles from the British Iron Centre said: "The knives surrendered will also be included in the 'save a life, surrender your knife' campaign which has seen a 26ft tall angel sculpture created at The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry. Their campaign has reached national level and has seen over 100,000 knives taken off the streets of the UK and welded to what is also known as 'the national monument against violence and aggression.' West Mercia Police has supported and will continue to support the British Ironworks' effort to raise awareness on the UK wide knife crime dilemma."

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 18/09/17