PCC Coppinger and Chief Insp Tariq Ali inspect the surrendered weapons
Cleveland Police today revealed the number of knives and other bladed/sharp items handed in during a recent two week knife surrender campaign.
“Surrender a Knife” was run in conjunction with the British Ironwork Centre who provided secure bins which were placed in police stations across the Cleveland force area. The Centre has pledged to melt down all the items handed in across the country and make a sculpture dedicated to victims of knife crime.
Members of the public were encouraged to hand in knives or other potentially dangerous items which could fall into the wrong hands and end up being used in crime. With the knife bins easily accessible, it was convenient to hand items in safely and anonymously.
Officers say 245 knives, pointed items and other blades were placed in bins at Hartlepool HQ, Stockton HQ, Thornaby, Billingham, Middlesbrough HQ, Coulby Newham, Kirkleatham HQ, Eston, Redcar Town, Guisborough, Saltburn.
Chief Insp Tariq Ali who launched the campaign on Monday 6th November said: “We are pleased with the response we have had in Cleveland. Each item handed in represents one less potentially dangerous knife which could end up being used to harm someone or used in other crime.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger added: “Keeping our communities safe from harm is at the heart of what we do. I am delighted that residents have got on board with this campaign and have shown their support. The sculpture proposed by the British Ironwork Centre will be a lasting and fitting tribute to victims of this awful crime.”
Posted on Wednesday 11th November 2015