Police aim to cut crime with a ‘knife surrender’ - The Evesham Observer

Police aim to cut crime with a ‘knife surrender’

Evesham Editorial 13th Sep, 2018   0

POLICE are appealing for people in Evesham and Pershore to hand in their knives with a week-long knife surrender starting on Tuesday, September 18.

The Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign will be running as part of the national Operation Sceptre knife awareness campaign.

To support the campaign, Warwickshire/West Mercia Police will have knife bins at stations across the county/region, including Redditch.

The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of a knife anonymously with no questions asked, by simply dropping it into the knife bin.

During the campaign, those surrendering knives will not have to give any personal details and will not face prosecution for carrying them.

However, the force will carry out an investigation and seek to prosecute if they believe a knife has been used to commit a criminal offence.

They will also maintain a zero-tolerance approach to people carrying knives.

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis, said: “Although knife crime is rare in the West Mercia Policing area, when it happens it can have a devastating effect on people’s lives and one incident of knife crime is one too many.

“Knife crime not only impacts the victims but also their family, friends, and the wider community.

“People have a week in which they can anonymously deposit their knives or blades into a surrender bin at a local police station. I would urge people to take this opportunity and help prevent further tragedies.”


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