Leicestershire Police’s Knife Amnesty Week begins

By Bethany Spence

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.

This scheme runs in conjunction with Operation Sceptre, the Home Office’s national week of activity aimed at tackling knife crime and related offences.

The campaign was launched to combat the steadily rising figures of serious weapons-related crimes over the past few years.

The Leicestershire Police scheme coincided yesterday afternoon with a meat cleaver being taken from a man arrested in the city centre by police on patrol.

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.

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