1. ITV Report

Knife amnesty underway in Gwent Police force area

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A knife amnesty is underway in the Gwent Police force area coinciding with a UK-wide initiative.

Crimes involving knives are rare in Gwent and we are taking positive active to try and prevent offences by removing knives and offensive weapons before any harm is caused.

People might think that having a knife is some kind of status symbol, or that they need one for protection, but they don’t realise that in 65 per cent of cases, people who carry knives have those weapons used against them.

If you know a friend or family member who carries a knife, urge them to surrender it as part of the amnesty. Every knife handed in is one less that can potentially be used on the streets of Gwent.

– Inspector Neil Jones, Gwent Police

Knives can be deposited at secure bins at the following Police Stations:

  • Newport Central
  • Maindee
  • Chepstow
  • Abergavenny
  • Monmouth
  • Ystrad Mynach
  • Cwmbran
  • Pontypool
  • Ebbw Vale
  • Blackwood

Officers say the blade should be wrapped before being deposited in an amnesty bin, using cardboard, bubble wrap or something similar.