Keeping Knives off the Streets - Total of 278 Knives Handed in During Amnesties

Following on from the success of Cleveland Police’s knife amnesty earlier this year, when 172 knives and sharp implements were handed in, the second leg of the operation has resulted in a further 106 knives being surrendered anonymously.

Keeping Knives off the Streets - Total of 278 Knives Handed in During Amnesties The most recent national knife amnesty under Operation Sceptre, took place between Monday 17th July and Sunday 23rd July. The week long campaign resulted in a collection of blades, including numerous decorative knives and swords and a meat cleaver being handed in at police stations across Cleveland.

Axes, machetes, bowie knives, pen knives, diving knives and kitchen knives, along with a World War Two bayonet, were amongst the knives and sharp objects handed throughout both campaigns, which aimed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of knife-crime.

Superintendent Dave Sutherland said: “This year’s knife amnesties have been very successful and I am extremely pleased with the results.

“Now that these knives have been handed in there are fewer potentially dangerous objects on the streets of Cleveland, which could help to prevent knife related crime in the future.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, added: “It is great to see that people have supported this campaign and I am really happy that people have taken the time to participate in something so important. The fact that these knives are now off the streets helps to keep our communities safer, which is one of the key objectives in my Police and Crime Plan.”

If you have information about knife crime please contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.