People are being urged to safely dispose of any potentially harmful knives by handing them over to city officials following the launch yesterday (Mon Feb 12) of an amnesty week by Leicestershire Police.
Here's the knife bin in the reception area of our Mansfield House, #Leicester police station. The knife surrender bins are a key part of our Anti Knife Crime Strategy to take knives off the street and to help keep your community safe. #LivesNotKnivespic.twitter.com/VfsBFEoPsP
Anyone in possession of any dangerous weapons can hand them in to the weapons bins located in the front offices of police stations in places such as Wigston, Spinney Hills, and the city centre.
Those who volunteer their arms will not be punished for possession, as long as they have not been used in any criminal activities.
In 2016, a similar amnesty ended with the collection of a total of 193 knives, ranging from machetes, samurai swords and meat cleavers from the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
All knives collected from police forces across the UK were then used by Shropshire artist, Alfie Bradley, to create a 26ft Knife Angel Sculpture to highlight the issue. It is still on display today at the British Ironwork Centre.