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Nottinghamshire Police hold knife amnesty week and announce Newark Police Station as a drop-off point

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A new knife amnesty is being held across Nottinghamshire this week.

Newark Police Station is one of 16 of drop-off points in Nottinghamshire, giving people the chance to get rid of unwanted knives.

This follows the success of an amnesty in September last year, which led to 418 bladed weapons ­— including Samurai swords and hunting knives ­— being handed in for destruction in just seven days.

Newark Police Station. (4147444)
Newark Police Station. (4147444)

This was 50% more weapons in half the amount of time as the previous amnesty in 2013 ­— and showed the community's desire to help tackle knife crime.

The amnesty week is part of the national knife crime campaign Operation Sceptre.

Members of the public have been encouraged to hand over their unwanted knives at the selected locations, without fear of prosecution for doing so, for the duration of the operation.

Chief superintendent Mr Rob Griffin said: "We are really grateful for the support of the community during the last amnesty in September.

"To take 418 knives out of circulation - many of them incredibly dangerous weapons - shows that the public is just as keen as we are to get them off the streets.

"Tackling knife crime takes a team effort and with the help of the community and partner agencies such as Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the Bridges Community Trust, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottingham City Council and the borough and district councils across Nottinghamshire, we can all ensure Nottinghamshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit.

Mr Griffin said Nottinghamshire Police takes knife crime seriously and has the only dedicated knife crime team outside of the Metropolitan Police and has reintroduced schools and early intervention officers who visit schools across Nottinghamshire to talk to young people about issues including knife crime.

"We and our partners will do everything we can to reduce knife crime and this seven-day knife amnesty is yet another method of preventing knives from falling into the wrong hands," he said.

"We want the process of handing them in to be as simple as possible so there will be no paperwork to fill in.

"People can simply drop them in the bins and leave, and we will collect them all up at the end of the week and destroy them."

Amnesty week starts today and runs until midnight on Sunday (March 17).


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