Knife amnesty underway

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Knife amnesty underway

Northamptonshire Police is urging people to surrender knives and other items that could be used as weapons, as part of its summer crackdown on violent crime.

The Force wants to stop people carrying knives and is asking people to dispose of their knives safely during the amnesty, which starts this week and runs over two weekends from 17th to 26th June.

Anyone wanting to get rid of a knife or any bladed item is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, choose option 5 and ask for a knife amnesty appointment.

Officers will be available for collections at pre-arranged appointment times, on Friday 17, Sunday 19, Friday 24 and Sunday 26 June, between 7pm and 11pm.

Inspector Adam Ward said:  In the wrong hands a knife is a deadly weapon. The amnesty is intended to help make our communities safer by removing knives from our streets and taking potential weapons out of circulation.

 I would urge anyone who wants to dispose of any bladed item which could be used in violent crime, or any other item that could be used to harm, to call us and make an appointment to have them collected by officers.

 As part of the operation, we will also be carrying out additional patrols and employing targeted use of police powers in hot spot areas where we know people may carry knives, as well as visiting those who have previously been in knife crime.

 Officers will also be making reassurance visits to victims of knife crime and giving educational talks to young people about the dangers and consequences of violent crime.

The amnesty is taking place as part of Operation Scorpion, a three-month operation to tackle violence across the county.

To book an amnesty appointment, call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

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