A knife amnesty’s taking place in Peterborough Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire this week to try and reduce the number of offences involving the weapons.
People can hand in their blades to places including Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough and the St James police-box on the Weedon Road in Northampton and no questions will be asked.
Crimes involving possession of knives in Peterborough have gone up from 187 in 2016 and 2017 to 232 last year and so far this year.
Below are statistics on possession of weapon offences in other areas of Cambridgeshire in 2016/17 vs 2017/18:
Cambridgeshire in total: 412 v 514 (+24.8%)
Cambridge City: 100 v 98 (-2%)
East Cambs: 9 v 18 (+100%)
Fens: 33 v 50 (+51.5%)
Hunts: 56 v 78 (+39.3%)
South Cambs – 27 v 34 (+25.9%)
In addition to amnesty bins, officers will be visiting schools to talk about knife crime and test purchases will be carried out at retail outlets.
It is illegal to:
– sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old.
– carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) 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, such as a Swiss Army knife)
The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.