Police in Humberside and other forces are encouraging people to carry fewer weapons, especially young people, as part of a national campaign.
Superintendent Lee Edwards is leading the weapons surrender in Humberside Police.
Commenting on the scheme he said;
“No one needs to be reminded of the dangers of firearms and knife crime. We want to do everything we can to remove all weapons from the streets of our communities in the Humberside Police Force area.
“We are pleased to give our support to this national initiative once again as it gives everyone an opportunity to safely discard firearms, knives and weapons that could potentially cause injury or worse to someone in our area.
“Firearms can be handed into enquiry offices across the force where they will be stored and made safe by our firearms officers before being forensically examined and destroyed.
“Knife surrender bins will be located at a number of police stations so anyone can hand over knives safely and anonymously and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.
“In addition to supporting the weapons surrender, our officers will be conducting a range of proactive community activities to support this initiative, including weapons sweeps and school visits as part of the #NoMoreKnives campaign and additional patrols.
“Our message to those who carry a weapon or are thinking of carrying a weapon is that it doesn’t protect you and in fact, it makes you more vulnerable and places you in danger of serious harm.
“We want to reassure the public that we do not have an escalating firearm or knife problem in our area however it is important that we raise awareness of the dangers of carrying weapons and to prevent anyone else from suffering from weapon-related crime.
“The Criminal Justice Act 1988 is the legislation which deals with the law around offensive weapons. It is illegal to have possession of a bladed article in a public place without reasonable excuse, and from July 2021, the Home Office announced changes to the legislation which means it is also an offence to possess certain items, even in private.”
There are a number of police stations until 29 May that will receive knives and weapons, as well as other items made or adapted for the sole purpose of injuring a person.
Items such as firearms, knives, and weapons, as well as other items made or adapted for the sole purpose of injuring people, can also be turned into police stations.
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