Local police say dozens of knives have been removed from the streets in our region in just a few days.
Humberside Police say following a national campaign, Operation Sceptre, people have been giving up these weapons. They have been leaving them in bins located at a local police station.
Operation Sceptre is being led by Superintendent Joanne Roe. She says just a few days in the bins are already quite full.
The campaign was launched following the increase in knife crime in the UK. Commenting on the project Superintendent Roe said;
“I am really pleased with the number of knives that have been handed in so far.”
“In some cases, these weapons are held as souvenirs and owners want to have them destroyed so they don’t get into the wrong hands.”
“I want anyone who has this type of weapon to bring them to their nearest station and let us destroy them.”
“Some of the bins are getting quite full now and our ongoing work across the force in seizing knives during drugs warrants and arrests is bringing in some very dangerous looking weapons.”
Knives Can Be Handed In At Beverley Police Station
“The bins are at Bridlington, Goole, Beverley, Osborne Street and Clough Road, Grimsby and also Scunthorpe. Anyone with knives that they no longer want should hand them in so they can be safely destroyed.”
“We have seized a number of weapons during drugs warrants. Knives seized include a Samurai sword in a drugs raid on Monday in Hull.”
Knives and weapons, including other items made or adapted for the sole purpose of causing injury to someone, can be handed in throughout this week.
The bins will remain at the police stations until Sunday 17 March – so take this opportunity to get these weapons off our streets.
Latest figures show that knife crime has increased by two thirds in the past year. Statistics also show that knives are most likely to be used for assault and robbery offences.
Recent events in the UK have led the government to pledge a £100M package. This is to help police tackle the issue of growing knife crime in the UK.