Notts: Weapon amnesty takes 278 knives off streets

Knife amnesty
Knife amnesty

Hundreds of knives have been handed in across Notts during a week-long amnesty.

Between Monday 9th and Sunday 15th December, 278 knives were handed in at 17 police stations across the county.

The weapons ranged from kitchen knives, Samurai swords, meat cleavers, machetes, butterfly knives, lock knives, daggers, hunting knives, bayonets, pen knives, a throwing axe and knives, and even a concealed knife inside a walking stick.

They will all now be destroyed.

The crime fighting initiative was part of Alliance Against Violence — a partnership between Notts Police, local authorities, health services, other agencies and the wider public against violent crime.

“The amnesty has been a resounding success. Nearly 300 knives have been taken out of the equation in Notts,” said Asst Chf Cons Simon Torr.

“They can no longer be carried during a night out, they won’t be reached for during an argument, they can’t be used against a person to cause harm or death.”

“For all the distinctive weapons that have been handed in I am particularly happy about the butterfly knives and lock knives. These are the types of knives people conceal on their person and invariably end up using against others to make threats or cause injury.”

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If you suspect someone of carrying a knife report it to police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.