Amnesty events help to remove knives from our communities
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More than 100 knives have been handed in to Northamptonshire Police during the first month of the Force’s continued countywide knife crime campaign.
The Force launched a three-month operation to continue its partnership approach on October 1, which aims to prevent and tackle knife crime through both targeted policing activity and raising awareness of the common misconceptions around carrying knives.
Throughout October, neighbourhood policing teams across the county have carried out various activities including knife amnesty events, which have led to 118 knives being safely removed from the streets.
Sixty-three knives have been handed in by members of the public in Northampton, while a further 26 bladed items were disposed of at events in Wellingborough/East Northants, 23 in Kettering/Corby and six in Daventry.
Superintendent Adam Ward, who is leading the Force’s campaign, said: “The harm caused to families and communities through the tragic loss of life relating to knife crime is devastating which is why it is a matter of priority to us.
“Amnesty events provide members of the public with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted knives or any other sharp items safely and securely, and therefore stops them from falling into the wrong hands.
“We’re committed to removing as many of these dangerous items from our streets as possible and will continue to hold amnesty events throughout the campaign in our communities where knife crime is an issue.
“It’s important to remember that most of us do not carry knives and will probably never be affected by knife crime – it is not a normal thing to do, which is why it’s important to dispel the myths around carrying a knife.
“We’re committed to both preventing people carrying knives in the first place and taking robust action against the small minority of offenders who commit offences involving knives.”
Our neighbourhood policing teams are holding more amnesty events throughout November and December, where you can hand in a knife or other weapons safely and without repercussions. For more details follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more about how Northamptonshire Police is preventing and tackling knife crime here.
If you have any information or concerns about knife crime in your community, you can report non-emergency crime to 101, visit www.northants.police.uk/RO or call Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. In an emergency always call 999.