Northants Police launches knife amnesty

Northants Police are holding a knife amnesty during March 2015
Northants Police are holding a knife amnesty during March 2015

A month-long knife amnesty has been launched today by Northants Police.

During March, anyone can drop off a knife in a designated ‘blade bin’ without fear of prosecution.

The mobile police station will be in specific locations over the coming weeks with one of the bins.

Knifes can be dropped into one of these bins, or a scheduled appointment can be made by calling 101, and arranging for a police officer to come and take the knife away.

The campaign is part of Operation Limit, the force’s crackdown on violent crime, and also forms part of the national Save a life campaign being run nationally.

Blades from forces across the country will be melted down to create an angel statue in Trafalgar Square in memory of those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

In the wrong hands a knife is a deadly weapon.

Supt Mick Stamper

The sculptor, Alfie Bradley, said the statue would show ‘the emotion and pain of using knives’.

Supt Mick Stamper, head of Northampton Operational Command Unit, said: “The knife amnesty is intended to make our streets safer.

“In the wrong hands a knife is a deadly weapon.

“The knife bins will enable members of the public to surrender knives safely and anonymously and in turn remove the risk of these weapons being used to hurt people.

“We are also urging that flares or incapacitant sprays are handed in; these are illegal in this country and can cause a great deal of harm.”

This week the drop bins will in the following locations:

Tuesday, March 10

High Street, Bugbrooke. Midday to 3pm

Wednesday, March 11

Tesco, Daventry. 1pm to 4pm

Market Street, Wellingborough, 8am to 2pm

Friday, March 13

Fire Station. Long Buckby, 2pm to 4pm

Market Street, Wellingborough 10am to 4pm

Saturday, March 14

Community Centre, Moulton, 10am to 1pm

Tesco, Brackley, 1pm to 4pm

Waitrose, Rushden, 11am to 2pm

Monday, March 16

Community Centre, Deanshanger, 1pm to 4pm

More locations will be published by the police next Monday.

Anyone with information about knife crime and anti-social behaviour in Northamptonshire is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.