Police in Cambridgeshire are holding an amnesty this month as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.
Figures released by Cambridgeshire Constabulary show that recorded knife crime within the county has risen by more than 25 per cent which is in line with a national increase.
Between 1 September last year and 30 January there has been 87 recorded crimes where a knife or sharp instrument has been used.
There has also been a 16 per cent increase in the number of crimes of possession of a knife from 167 in 2016 to 194 in 2017.
Members of the public will be able to hand in knives without prosecution as part of Operation Sceptre, a week long amnesty.
The last amnesty was held in October and resulted in 90 bladed items being recovered.
Bins will be located at Thorpe Wood Police Station and Bayard Place in Peterborough, Parkside Police Station in Cambridge, as well as police stations in Cambourne, Ely, March, Huntingdon and Wisbech.
It is illegal to:
Sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old
Carry a knife in a public place without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade three inches long (7.62cm) or less, eg a Swiss Army knife.
Carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife.
Use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife).
The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.
Anyone who knows someone who carries a knife can also report it anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or visiting https://crimestoppers-uk.org