13/06/2017

172 Lives Potentially Saved Following Knife Amnesty

Officers from Cleveland Police have said that a recent knife amnesty could have saved lives after 172 knives and sharp objects were handed in during the latest campaign.

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Axes, machetes and a World War Two bayonet were amongst the knives and sharp objects handed in during the campaign which aimed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of knife-crime.

The national amnesty, called Operation Sceptre, took place for a limited period of time from Tuesday 2nd May to Monday 8th May.

Amongst the other items handed in at police stations across Cleveland were swords, machetes, bowie knives, axes, pen knives, diving knives and household knives.

Sergeant Stephen Clyburn said: “This year’s knife amnesty has been very successful and I am extremely pleased with the results. Now that these knives have been handed in there are fewer potentially dangerous objects on the streets of Cleveland, which could help to prevent knife related crime in the future.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, added: “It is great to see that people have supported this campaign and I am really happy that people have taken the time to participate in something so important. The fact that these knives are now off the streets helps make Cleveland a safer place to live, work and visit, which one of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan.”

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