From Devon & Cornwall Police website:
From Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 September 2018 members of the public in Devon and Cornwall can dispose of unwanted knives and bladed items at designated police stations without fear of prosecution. Some police front offices will be open on Saturday 22 so please check before you make your journey.
Knives of any description can be disposed of including illegal “zombie” knives and swords, kitchen knives, illegal lock knives, unwanted collectables, replicas and ceremonial items.
Devon & Cornwall Police are supporting a national 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.
Most 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 Bodmin, Tollgate Road; St Austell, Palace Road; Camborne, South Terrace; Plymouth, Crownhill and Barnstaple, North Walk (all open 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday) and Exeter, Heavitree Road; Plymouth, Charles Cross and Torquay, South Street (open 8 am – 6 pm also open Saturday).
Please check opening times and location map on the Devon & Cornwall Police website here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/police-enquiry-offices
Superintendent Matt Lawler, Local Policing Commander for Exeter, East & Mid Devon said: “Here in Devon and Cornwall we do not have the extent of knife crime reported in some major metropolitan areas of the country.
“However we are supporting this weeks’ national knife amnesty as part of our ongoing local approach to focussing upon prevention, as any knife taken out of circulation and off the street helps to prevent injuries and deaths.”
“Carrying a knife or bladed article is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous.
“Our message is therefore simple: No good can come from carrying a knife.”
As well as responding to reports of someone carrying a knife, police officers proactively use their powers to search where information or intelligence indicates it is necessary.
In the first 6 months of 2018 (Jan-June), 226 proactive stop-searches were recorded as primarily looking for weapons. This is up from 193 for the same period in 2017.
Some 32 arrests were made as a result, and a further 26 searches resulted in action being taken for other offences or items being found.
Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “There is absolutely no reason why people should be carrying knives.
“This amnesty gives people the chance to think carefully about whether they want to carry a weapon that would land them with a serious penalty if they were caught with it and inflict devastating injuries if used.
“I’d urge anyone who carries a knife as a weapon to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of it safely.”
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 legitimate reasons for carrying a knife can be found on the Government’s website here: www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives
Advice for young people aged 11-14 about carrying weapons can be found here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/youth/11-14/yrspace/weapons
Pictured: some of the 801 knives and bladed weapons anonymously disposed of during the last two Operation Sceptre knife amnesties held in Devon and Cornwall in July 2017 and earlier this year in February 2018.