Knife surrender in March took 10,000 knives off the streets in Britain.


Knife surrender in March took 10,000 knives off the streets of Britain.

All police forces joined Operation Sceptre for a week of intensified police action on knife crime.  The week resulted in police arresting 1,372 people including 516 for a knife related offence and seizing more than 10,000 weapons.

Test purchases were carried out at 689 stores. and of those tested 130 shops failed and sold a blade illegally to someone under 18 which is a failure rate of 19%. Retailers can face up to six months imprisonment a fine of £5,000 or both.

Police recorded knife crime offences are at their highest level since comparable data started in 2011. According to ONS crime figures and statistics show an increase of 6% in the last year.

Humberside Police said that 505 knives were handed in during the week of surrender in knife bins across their force with some bins getting more knives handed in than others. The most were handed in at Hull and Grimsby.

There will be another knife surrender in September 2019 but if anyone wants to hand a knife or weapon in you can call 101 to arrange for them to be handed in.

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