Knife amnesty launched after robbery rise

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Knife amnesty launched after robbery rise

Police in Peterborough are holding a knife amnesty during October, allowing anyone to hand in a weapon without prosecution.

Amnesty bins will be situated at Thorpe Wood Police Station and Bridge Street Police Station Bayard Place, in Broadway from today (October 1).

The amnesty is in response to an increase in robberies involving a knife in Peterborough.

Between September 1 last year and September 1 this year, there were 41 robberies in the city involving a knife or bladed instrument. For the same period 2013/14, there were 20.

All knives collected will be donated to the British Ironwork Centre, in Oswestry, which is running a Surrender a Knife, Save a Life campaign.

As part of the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime, a 26-foot high knife angel is being created using knives handed in across the country.

Detective Inspector Tim Nasta told Connect FM: “The figures over a whole year are low and you are still very unlucky to be a victim of knife crime in Peterborough but the rise is concerning.

“Knife crime can often involve young offenders and victims so we are doing work in schools to warn of the dangers. Our message is clear, it’s just not worth carrying a knife because it could ruin your life

“We would also urge any parents who have concerns their child may possess a knife to use this amnesty to speak to them and if one is found to take the opportunity to get rid of it without fear of prosecution.

“If those with knives do not use the amnesty they face a prison sentence of up to four years when they are caught.”

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

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