733 knives handed in during Thames Valley crackdown

The crackdown on knife crime was carried out in September Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police have revealed that 733 knives and bladed items have been handed in during a one-week-long Knife Amnesty.

Operation Sceptre was part of a national crackdown organised in a bid to reduce knife crime and its aftermath. The initiative was held between Tuesday 18th September and Monday 24 September.

Officers placed 16 knife surrender bins outside 16 police stations in the Themas Valley. A similar campaign back in February resulted in the surrender of 172 knives and other blades.

The force has also been carrying out other initiatives to get knives off the streets including monitoring at busy railway stations, educational visits to schools, colleges and businesses. Officers have also been conducting weapons searches in public spaces and carried out warrants.

There has also been an operation to test retailers are not selling knives to underaged young people. Police officers worked with police cadets aged under 18. The cadets attempted to buy knives at a number of local shops. In Oxford, the young people were able to buy knives in 7 out of 10 shopping trips. Afterwards, the retailers concerned were given advice on the law regarding the sale of knives to under 18-year-olds.

Basic laws on carrying knives:

It is illegal to:

  • sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less

  • carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade with a cutting edge 3 inches long or less

  • carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife

  • use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife)

The maximum sentence for an adult convicted of carrying a knife is four years in jail and an unlimited fine. The person found carrying a knife will go to prison if convicted of carrying a knife more than once.