Southampton’s knife amnesty: Over 140 weapons handed in and knife crime reduced by a third in just 4 weeks

Published on:
19 May 2017, 8:55 a.m.
Last updated:
30 May 2017, 7:41 a.m.
Published by:
Marisa Charles
Category:
General news
Area:
Southampton
Part of:
Operation Sceptre

We have had 142 weapons handed into the knife amnesty bins at Southampton Central and Portswood Police stations in the last four weeks.

The bins were placed at the stations between April 21 and May 12 in a bid to reduce drug-related knife crime in the city as part of Operation Sceptre – a campaign that looks to take knives off the streets and educate people about the dangers associated with knives.
Running parallel to the knife amnesty, we ran a dedicated operation which saw officers across the city carry out search warrants and patrols to rid our streets of dangerous weapons and disrupt violent drug-associated crime.

In total, we arrested 16 people for drug offences and carrying offensive weapons. We stopped and searched 20 people and 11 vehicles, and carried out four address searches.

We have since recorded a 33% reduction in knife crime compared with the previous month.

The amnesty was launched after Southampton had seen an increase in incidents involving knives, a lot of which were suspected to be drug related.

This was a chance for those at risk of knife crime themselves, to hand in unlawful weapons and walk away without prosecution.

Sergeant Charlie Ilderton from Southampton Central Neighbourhood Team said: “We are really pleased with the results of this amnesty.

“Tackling violent crime is a priority for us and we can help protect people from harm by working together and carrying out these kind of campaigns.

“We continue to work with our communities, in schools and colleges, educating young people on the dangers of knife crime. We’re working hard to protect people now, and in the future.

“Our message to those people who insist on bringing violence to the streets of Southampton remains the same, we will take robust action against anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article in this city.”

If you are concerned that someone you know is carrying a knife, or involved in drug-related violence, please call us 101 and report it before it’s too late.

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