Hampshire police urge public to dispose of knives

KNIFE amnesty bins will be placed at police stations in Hampshire as part of an ongoing national anti-knife campaign.

Thursday, 16th June 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:47 pm

The bins will be at Portsmouth Central police station from Monday.

Members of the public will be able to dispose of knives and bladed articles in the amnesty bins without fear of repercussions.

The bins are being placed in certain police stations as part of Operation Sceptre, a campaign by Hampshire Constabulary to take blades off the streets and educate people about the dangers associated with knives.

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Chief Insp Claire Taylor, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘We know people carry knives for many reasons including fear, or because they think it will protect them.

‘However, in reality carrying a knife puts them at greater risk of being seriously injured or killed, not to mention being arrested for possession of a bladed article.

‘This amnesty is your chance to hand unlawful weapons in and walk away without prosecution and be free from the fear you could be putting yours and your loved one’s lives at risk.

‘I would urge you to take this opportunity to rid yourselves of any illegal weapons.’