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405 knives & blades handed in during Dorset amnesty

A wide variety of blades were surrendered to police including Samurai-style swords Photo:

More than 400 knives and blades have been surrendered by their owners in Dorset after a police amnesty lasting for four days in September.

The knife amnesty was part of a Home Office initiative titled 'Operation Sceptre'. Members of the public were encouraged to hand over knives in an attempt to reduce the amount of knife crime across the country.

'No good can come from carrying a knife. For your own safety & that of others, please get rid of it'

In Dorset items handed in at police enquiry offices in Poole, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Blandford included hunting knives, Samurai-style swords, rapiers and sword sticks, kitchen knives and cleavers.

“We are pleased with the results during this knife amnesty.

“As we have previously warned, it is often those that carry knives who end up injured by them if a confrontation takes place. This is exactly the sort of reason why the knife amnesty was held in Dorset, as part of our ongoing local approach to focusing on prevention. Any knife taken out of circulation and off the street helps to prevent injuries and deaths.”

“No good can come from carrying a knife. For your own safety and that of others, please get rid of it.”

– Superintendent Jared Parkin, Dorset Police knife crime lead
The knives and blades will now be destroyed Credit: Dorset Police

Although the Amnesty only lasted for four days between 18th - 21st September, the public can continue to ask for advice about knives and blades. Dorset Police's enquiry offices can offer tips and guidance about blades/ knives and firearms - how to dispose of them and answer queries about transporting the items safely.

‘’I am pleased that so many knives and bladed items have been handed in during the amnesty period.

‘’Knife crime destroys lives. There is no circumstance where carrying a knife as a weapon or as some kind of protection is acceptable. Carrying a knife only makes you more vulnerable and places those around you at greater risk.’’

– Martyn Underhill, Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset