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Amnesty to clear knives off south west streets

Amnesty to clear knives off south west streets

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:55am 17th March 2019. (Updated at 9:00am 17th March 2019)

Police behind a knife amnesty across Cornwall and Devon confirm they deal with incidents involving blades, almost on a daily basis.

Sunday 17th March is the last day to drop-off unwanted blades, without fear of prosecution.

They can be anything from kitchen knives to so-called zombie knives and samurai swords.

The week-long effort to remove knives from our streets is part of the nationwide Operation Sceptre.

Superintendent Jeremy Capey says Cornwall and Devon has one of the lowest knife crime rates in the UK.

However, he confirmed that they are still dealing with incidents "almost on a daily basis".

“Here in Devon and Cornwall we do not have the extent of knife crime reported in some major metropolitan areas of the country.

"Carrying of knives by young people is not endemic in our policing area and, instead, tends to be associated with criminal gang activity such as county lines drugs supply which is already actively targeted.

“We are holding the knife amnesty as part of our ongoing local approach to focussing upon prevention.

"Any knife taken out of circulation and off the street helps to prevent injuries and deaths.

“Carrying a knife is illegal and incredibly dangerous. People who carry knives for no good reason risk arrest, and the notion of self-defence is not a good reason. If a knife is used in a confrontation the balance of probability is that the person carrying it is more likely to be injured from it themselves".

Superintendent Jeremy Capey

Where can I drop-off unwanted knives?



Most police stations or enquiry offices which are open to the public will have collection bins in which members of the public can deposit items anonymously.

These are located at Truro, Pydar Street; Bodmin, Tollgate Road; St Austell, Palace Road; Camborne, South Terrace; Plymouth, Crownhill and Plymouth Charles Cross; Barnstaple, North Walk; Exeter, Heavitree Road and Torquay, South Street.

Please check online for locations and opening times before you make your journey as not all are open seven days a week: www.dc.police.uk/PEO

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