Statement re the Wellingborough solidarity march and advice about the safe disposal of knives
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Statement from Gan Thayanithy, Response and Local Policing Chief Inspector for the Northamptonshire North area, regarding the march due to take place in Wellingborough this afternoon, with a request for anyone who may wish to hand in knives, to contact police directly to arrange this:
"Officers from the Wellingborough Neighbourhood Policing Team and North Northamptonshire Council have been liaising closely with the organisers of solidarity march planned for this Saturday, 21 August, in Wellingborough.
"The event organisers have worked really positively with our officers and local authority staff with regard to their plans, and we will continue to work with them throughout the event to ensure public safety and minimise disruption.
"We have been made aware that a number of knives have been handed in to the organisers of the event who have subsequently handed them into the police.
"It's really encouraging to see members of the community are doing all they can to get knives off our streets, however, we would urge people to dispose such items safely and securely by handing them directly to the police.
"You can do this by wrapping them up safely and taking them to your local police station. Alternatively, you can contact us on 101 or online to arrange for them to be collected.
"We welcome this opportunity for longer term work with local residents in taking knives off the streets. We will all be safer and much more successful by working together.
"Today's march is due to start at 2pm and conclude by 5pm. Neighbourhood officers will be there to provide a reassuring presence to those involved in the march and the wider community, and will be on hand to deal promptly and robustly with anyone who may attempt to cause any disruption.
"There is likely to be some disruption to traffic along the route and we ask people to please be patient, and to find alternative routes wherever possible."