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Surrey Police Backs Knife Amnesty Campaign

Published on: 19 Jan, 2017
Updated on: 25 Jan, 2017

The Surrey Police “knife bin” – Photo Surrey Police

A “knife bin” has been placed in Guildford police station to enable knife owners to give up their weapons safely, without fear of prosecution. It will be in position until Monday, January 30 (2017).

Surrey Police is encouraging knife owners to “save a life, surrender your knife” anonymously as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.

The force is encouraging people to recognise that carrying a knife does not provide protection; a weapon can be used inadvertently in the heat of the moment, or can be turned against the owner and have life changing effects.

Superintendent Bex Smith said:  “If you possess a potentially dangerous knife, please take this opportunity to get rid of your knife safely and anonymously.

“Knives are deadly weapons. Carrying one is illegal and you will be arrested and prosecuted should we catch you with one. Someone carrying a knife is much more likely to get stabbed themselves as situations can quickly escalate.”

David Munro, Police & Crime Commissioner for Surrey

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, David Munro said: “We have all seen the devastating effect knife crime can have on people’s lives and I hope this amnesty will help take such deadly weapons off our streets.

“We must continue to raise awareness, particularly amongst young people, that carrying a knife can have the most serious of consequences and poses a serious danger to themselves and others.”

All knives surrendered as part of the amnesty will be given to the British Ironwork Centre and used in a spectacular 20 feet tall angel in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime.

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Responses to Surrey Police Backs Knife Amnesty Campaign

  1. Jeremy Jacobs Reply

    January 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I’m am pleased to see ‘Surrey Police Backs Knife Amnesty Campaign’ – it would be incredibly bizarre if they objected.

    Do we know why the amnesty is only on until 30/01/2017?

    Are the weapons destroyed or re-sold abroad by the Government with the cluster bombs etc?

  2. Aubrey Lehay Reply

    January 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Let me get this straight. To give up an illegal weapon, with one large and dangerous knife, you would have to carry it through the streets and into the police station without being apprehended. Then drop said weapon into a bin. All this before the end of the month. Seriously? I do hope they did not spend too much money on the bin.

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