Knife amnesty bin in Portsmouth

Published on:
17 Jul 2017, 3:50 p.m.
Last updated:
17 Jul 2017, 6:10 p.m.
Published by:
Julie Knight
Category:
General news
Area:
Portsmouth
Part of:
Operation Sceptre

A knife amnesty bin is in place at Portsmouth Central police station as part of Portsmouth’s response to our ongoing anti-knife campaign, Operation Sceptre

Members of the public will be able to dispose of knives and bladed articles in the amnesty bin from today (Monday, 17 July) until Sunday, 23 July, without fear of repercussions.

The bin is being placed at Portsmouth Central Police Station as part of Operation Sceptre, a campaign through which we are working to take knives off the streets and educate people about the dangers associated with knives.

Portsmouth District Commander, Superintendent Will Schofield, said: “Operation Sceptre is an anti-knife crime initiative, which was started by the Metropolitan Police and adopted by a number of forces across the UK.

“We have recently seen an increase in knife-crime in Portsmouth, which we believe to be drug related. Tackling violent crime is a priority for us and removing knives and bladed weapons from the streets will help to protect our local community.

“We aim to disrupt the supply of knives, target those who carry and use knives, prevent people from getting involved in knife crime and increase prosecutions.

“This amnesty gives people a chance to hand in unlawful weapons and walk away without prosecution.  However we will take robust action against anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article on the streets of Portsmouth.”

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