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Police knife amnesty begins across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset

Some knives given up in a previous amnesty by Dorset Police. Credit: Dorset Police

A knife amnesty begins today across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

From Tuesday 18 September to Friday 21 September, people can get rid of the knives and "bladed items" they don't want without facing prosecution.

Any type of knife, including illegal “zombie” knives, swords, kitchen knives, illegal lock knives, unwanted collectibles, replicas and ceremonial items, can be dropped off.

It is all part of a national week of action driven by the Home Office, which aims to combat and raise awareness of knife crime.

Knives can be dropped off in collection bins at the following stations:

  • Blandford station
  • Bournemouth station
  • Poole station
  • Weymouth station
  • Bodmin station
  • St Austell station
  • Camborne station
  • Plymouth station, Crownhill
  • Plymouth station, Charles Cross
  • Barnstaple station, North Walk
  • Exeter station, Heavitree Road
  • Torquay station
Some of the knives and bladed weapons disposed of in the last two D&C knife amnesties. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police
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knives and bladed weapons were anonymously disposed of during the last two D&C knife amnesties.

In Dorset, knife crime does not reach the levels that are reported in some major metropolitan areas of the country.

However this week we are supporting the national knife amnesty as part of our ongoing local approach. Focusing on prevention is key, as any knife taken out of circulation and off the street helps to prevent injuries and deaths.

Carrying a knife or bladed article is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous.

Dorset Police’s message is simple: No good can come of carrying a knife.”

– Superintendent Jared Parkin, Dorset Police knife crime lead
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stop-searches were recorded as looking for weapons between January and June 2018 by D&C Police.

Information on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons and legitimate reasons for carrying a knife can be found on the Government’s website here: www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

Advice for young people aged 11-14 about carrying weapons can be found here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/youth/11-14/yrspace/weapons