Northants Police launch knife amnesty

Superintendent Mick Stamper, head of Northampton Operational Command Unit, at Northants Police with some of the knives already collected during the knife amnesty. NNL-151003-165752001
Superintendent Mick Stamper, head of Northampton Operational Command Unit, at Northants Police with some of the knives already collected during the knife amnesty. NNL-151003-165752001

Hundreds of dangerous knives could be taken off the streets of Northants after police launched their month-long knife amnesty on Monday.

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

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

Superintendent Mick Stamper

The mobile police station will be travelling the county in the coming weeks with one of the bins.

It is due to be in Brackley today, Saturday, outside Tesco, between 1pm and 4pm.

Knives can be dropped into the bin, or a scheduled appointment can be made by calling 101, and arranging for a police officer to come to take the knife away.

Superintendent 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.”

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.

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

There will also be knife bins in Bugbrooke, Daventry, Wellingborough, Long Buckby, Moulton, Rushden and Deanshanger.

More locations will be unveiled next week.

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

The national Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign has received support from police forces around the country including Birmingham, West Mercia and Lancashire and personalities including magician Paul Daniels.

To find out more about the campaign, visit surrenderyourknife.co.uk.