Knife amnesty #BinTheKnife #StopKnifeCrime

From 12 – 18 February, members of the public in Devon and Cornwall can dispose of unwanted knives and bladed items at designated police stations without fear of prosecution.

This includes knives, “zombie” knives, swords, kitchen knives, lock knives, unwanted collectables, replicas and ceremonial items and any unwanted bladed weapon.

Devon & Cornwall Police are supporting a week of action instigated as part of the ongoing Home Office Operation Sceptre which has the national aims of combating knife crime and raising awareness about it.

All police enquiry offices which are open to the public will have collection bins in which members of the public can deposit items anonymously. These are located at Plymouth, Crownhill; Plymouth, Charles Cross; St Austell, Palace Road; Truro, Pydar Street; Bodmin, Tollgate Road; Camborne, South Terrace; Barnstaple, North Walk; Exeter, Heavitree Road and Torquay, South Street.

Not all are open every day so please check opening times and location maps on the Devon & Cornwall Police website here:

Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew, Commander of the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance operations department, said: “Our message is clear. There is no excuse for carrying a knife without good reason, and self-protection is not one of those reasons. Everyone needs to understand that people who carry knives for that purpose frequently come off worse in any confrontation.

“Any knife or bladed article carried for anything other than legitimate reasons is dangerous so if you don’t need it or don’t have a good reason for carrying it then bin it.  Getting any unwanted items out of circulation is also important to help keep our communities safe so, once again, bin the knife.”

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. You’ll get a prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once.

Guidance on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons and good reasons for carrying a knife can be found on the Government’s website here.

Advice for young people aged 11-14 about carrying weapons can be found here.

Pictured: some of the over 400 knives and bladed weapons anonymously disposed of during the last NPCC knife amnesty held in Devon and Cornwall in July 2017

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