Cleveland Police is once again supporting a national knife amnesty under the name Operation Sceptre in a bid to tackle knife crime.
Following last year’s successful campaign where 106 knives and sharp objects were handed in, officers are urging people to surrender their knives for the latest national campaign which begins on Tuesday 2nd May to Monday 8th May.
In 2016, Police in Cleveland received hundreds of reports where a knife or sharp implement was used. 381 people were assaulted resulting in an injury, there were 8 attempted murders, 39 threats to kill, 96 robberies and 489 vehicles were damaged.
Officers will be actively encouraging people to surrender their knives or sharp objects without fear of prosecution.
Those with objects to surrender can put them in the knife bins available at the four main police stations at Middlesbrough, Kirkleatham, Stockton or Hartlepool between 8am and 8pm.
Sergeant Vince Wood said: “Knives and sharp objects can be deadly if weapons are in the wrong hands and this campaign is an excellent way to encourage people to surrender their bladed or offensive weapons anonymously.
“The aim of this campaign is to reduce the opportunity of violent crime taking place, to keep our communities safe and keep people from harm.
“Last year’s amnesty was extremely successful and this year we would like more people to hand in their sharp objects and knives safely in the designated knife bins.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, added:
“I’ve always supported this campaign and firmly believe that our communities will be much safer if people take the opportunity to surrender their knives and sharp objects to keep them off our streets.”
Once items are surrendered they will be safely disposed of.
If you have information about knife crime please contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Posted on Monday 3rd April 2017