14/10/2016

Officers Urge People to Surrender Knives During National Knife Crime Campaign

Cleveland Police is supporting a national knife amnesty aimed at tackling knife crime.

The amnesty, named Operation Sceptre, was launched by the Metropolitan Police in 2015 and begins on Monday 17th October to Sunday 23rd October. Officers will be actively encouraging people to surrender their knives or sharp objects without fear of prosecution.

Those with knives and sharp objects to surrender can put them in the knife bins available at the four main police stations at Middlesbrough, Kirkleatham, Stockton or Hartlepool between 8am and 8pm.

Chief Inspector Emily Harrison said: “The aim of this campaign is to reduce the opportunity of violent crime taking place and to reduce the number of bladed or offensive weapons on our streets.

“In the wrong hands weapons such as knives and sharp objects can be deadly.

“The knife bins are an excellent way to encourage people to surrender knives and sharp objects safely and anonymously and we have had much success with using them in the past.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, added:  “Removing knives from our streets helps to keep our communities and the environments in which they live, safer.

“I’ve always supported this campaign and feel strongly that people should be taking this opportunity to surrender any knives or sharp objects that they may be in possession of.”
Once items are surrendered they will be safely disposed of.

If you have information about knife crime please contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.