Police appeal urges ‘hand in your knives’

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
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Knives will not be tolerated on Lancashire’s streets – and now police are appealing directly to Blackpool residents to hand in their weapons.

Lancashire Police launched a five-week knife amnesty yesterday, with residents across the Fylde coast being urged to consider the potentially life-threatening consequences of carrying a blade.

There will be amnesty bins at 10 designated police stations county-wide, including Blackpool, and anyone will be able to anonymously 
dispose of a weapon, whether it belongs to them, a friend or a relative.

Asst Chief Cons Mark Bates said: “We do not have a massive problem with knife crime in Lancashire, but a knife is a lethal weapon and even one on Lancashire’s streets is one too many. This amnesty has been launched to proactively remove those weapons from our communities, and help to keep everyone safe.

“If anyone is in possession of a knife and is unsure what to do about it, I would urge them to take this opportunity to dispose of it anonymously .”

Between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2014 there were more than 3,700 offences involving knives across Lancashire, including around 600 offences of possessing an item with a blade or point, close to 460 knife-related public order offences and more than 300 woundings.

And while knife crime is falling in Lancashire – down to 845 recorded offences county-wide in 2013 from 1,000 in 2011 – officers are keen to stress no one should be armed with a knife and the consequences of carrying one could be devastating.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “No-one should live in fear of knives being used in their community. I am committed to tackling violent crime and ensuring that – above all else – residents feel safe and secure.

“This amnesty is an important step toward achieving that and I would urge residents to make the right decision and hand over any illegal knives they are in possession of.”