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PCC Barry Coppinger at Middlesbrough Police Headquarters
Flick knives, machetes and other bladed items have already been handed in by members of the public following the launch of regional knife surrender last Monday, 26th October.
Secure knife banks have been placed in police offices across Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria for two weeks in the hope that the public will get rid of knives and other bladed items – which could end up being used in crime - safely and anonymously.
The banks will be emptied after Friday 6th November but a quick peek inside the one at Middlehaven Police Office in Middlesbrough revealed three machetes and several flick knives have already been deposited. Officers expect similar items to be found inside other police stations’ bins.
Members of the public are once again reminded that they can bring knives or bladed/pointed items in to the following police offices for disposal – with no questions asked!
All the items handed in across the UK will eventually be melted down by the British Ironwork Centre, into a sculpture dedicated to victims of knife crime.