Theresa Cave, PCC Barry Coppinger and Supt Wendy Tinkler
A permanent knife bin where people can surrender their knives and sharp objects will be placed in Middlesbrough Police Station.
The decision follows on from the success of a recent knife surrender campaign, during which 385 knives and sharp objects were handed in at the four main police stations in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland.
During the campaign officers also visited local schools to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives and sharp objects with the aim of educating young people and deterring them from engaging in knife crime and violence.
In the twelve month period up to December 2018, there were 415 knife crime incidents in Cleveland, a reduction of ten per cent on the previous year.
Superintendent Wendy Tinkler, lead on knife crime at Cleveland Police, said: “With the success of our latest knife surrender, we want to provide a permanent facility for our communities to use and therefore a central deposit site will be maintained at Middlesbrough Police Station.
“This means that anyone who wants to surrender a knife or sharp object does not have to wait for the next knife surrender campaign and they can attend the station at any time to dispose of an item.
“We will continue our work alongside partner agencies in Cleveland to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives and to prevent and reduce the risk of knife crime and serious violence.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “I am very pleased with the success of the recent knife surrender and furthermore that a permanent knife bin will be available for people to surrender their knives in Middlesbrough.
“Serious violence is a priority on my agenda and I am very pleased to welcome any initiative that helps in recovering knives and sharp objects removing them from the streets of Cleveland.
“As part of the work I do to help tackle serious violence, I have provided funding for School Liaison and Early Intervention Officers to help deter children from crime and my office has secured £546,000 from the Early Intervention Youth Fund to drive forward targeted outreach projects in our most at-risk communities. I will continue to work alongside partners including Public Health in a bid to drive down crime involving knives.”
Theresa Cave, founder of The Chris Cave Foundation which campaigns against gun and knife crime, said: “I am so pleased to have been involved in the discussions with Cleveland Police and PCC Barry Coppinger regarding the permanent knife bin. I hope that this is the first of many and that there are other Forces follow suit.”
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Posted on Friday 3rd May 2019