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Nottinghamshire Police and partners take part in national knife amnesty

14 September 2018

People are being encouraged to dispose of their unwanted knives during a seven-day knife amnesty, as part of the national knife crime campaign Operation Sceptre.

It starts on Monday 17 September and runs until midnight on Sunday 23 September and will involve red knife amnesty bins being located at 13 police stations and partner agency receptions across Nottinghamshire.

We will be encouraging members of the public to hand over their unwanted knives at nominated locations, without fear of prosecution for doing so, for the duration of the operation.

This is the first knife amnesty to be held in Nottinghamshire since 2013 - when 278 knives were handed in. Police forces across the country are taking part in the amnesty, with the aim of preventing knives falling into the hands of criminals.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "Knives have no place on the streets of Nottinghamshire and we work tirelessly alongside partner agencies to catch offenders and prevent people becoming involved in knife crime in the first place.

"Nottinghamshire Police has the only dedicated Knife Crime Team outside of the Metropolitan Police and has reintroduced Schools and Early Intervention Officers who visit schools across Nottinghamshire to talk to young people about issues including knife crime. We also use positive, targeted response activity and carry out thorough investigations.

"We are proud to support this national seven-day knife amnesty as part of Operation Sceptre as yet another method of reducing the number of knives that could potentially fall into the wrong hands."

ACC Meynell added that the amnesty bins are at various locations around the county, meaning people should all have one within easy access.

"We want the process of handing them in to be as simple as possible so there will be no paperwork to fill in. People can simply drop them in the bins and leave, and we will collect them all up at the end of the week and destroy them," she added.

Chief Inspector Donna Lawton, knife crime lead for Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We would like to thank our communities for their support in tackling knife crime. Your support really does help us build up intelligence on suspected offenders and target our resources effectively.

"Between 17-23 September, we are also giving people the chance to dispose of any unwanted knives they may have - perhaps an old weapon that's been in the loft for years and you didn't know what to do with it. Now is the time to hand it in and we will dispose of it safely."

She added: "Our partners at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council (Retford and Worksop), Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council are each supporting the operation by hosting bins at shared sites.

"This partnership approach shows that we are stronger when we work together on this issue which impacts on the communities we all serve.”

The amnesty will also be supported by highlighting other ongoing work the force engages in throughout the year to tackle knife crime, such as area weapons sweeps.

People are asked to check the opening times at their local amnesty points before they visit.  

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “We’re always keen to support partners in their efforts to make our communities safer across the Borough.

“Whilst we are pleased that Rushcliffe remains a low-risk area for knife crime we are not complacent and it’s vital that we assist our local police force with key initiatives such as this that help make Rushcliffe a great place to live.”

The participating stations and partner agency locations are as follows:

Additional area-specific comments:

Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “Knife crime is a growing concern across Ashfield, and one the Council is committed to help tackle in partnership with the Police and other agencies. We want our communities to be safe places to live, work and play and encourage anyone who has a knife to hand it in as part of this amnesty. Knife crime ruins lives and there is no place for it in our communities.”

Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllr Simon Greaves said: “Knife crime is a growing concern for many places, thankfully Bassetlaw remains a low-risk area. We are committed to help tackle knife crime and work in partnership with the Police and other organisations, ensuring the people who visit, work or live in the district feel safe. We would encourage anyone to drop any unwanted knives in the bins provided, which will ensure they are disposed of safely and do not fall into the wrong hands.”

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Cllr Richard Jackson said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with the police on this initiative to help make Broxtowe a place where people feel safe in their communities. Knife crime has featured heavily in the news lately so please, if you do have a knife, make the right choice and come and hand it in during the amnesty.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke said: “This is a positive response to the two recent knife incidents in Arnold and we are doing everything we can to make our borough a safer place. This is an opportunity for residents to dispose of knives safely and with the peace of mind that they won’t get into the wrong hands. We’ve seen first-hand the damage knives on our streets can cause and if this amnesty takes even just one knife off the streets, the amnesty has been a success.”

Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for Community Protection, Cllr Toby Neal, said: “We know that knife crime is something that seriously concerns our communities and we are committed to working with them and the police to prevent and tackle it effectively wherever possible. We support all efforts to reduce incidents which can have such a devastating effect not only on victims, but perpetrators, families and the wider community.”

Area Manager Bryn Coleman, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s collaboration lead said: “We are proud to be able to support Nottinghamshire Police and our other partners by hosting an amnesty bin at Carlton fire station. As a Service, one of our core aims is to create safer communities and this knife amnesty gives us an opportunity to do just that – by helping get knives off our streets so we can make Nottinghamshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”