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Nearly 700 knives handed in to Avon and Somerset Police

679 knives have been handed in to the police since 2016. Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

Nearly 700 knives have been handed in to Avon and Somerset Police since the force set up surrender bins in October 2016.

Now, in certain locations across the region, the bins will be made permanent.

It’s not just the number of knives surrendered during these operations which is encouraging, but the type. There have been some nasty looking machetes and zombie knives left in the bins which are usually only carried by people wanting to hurt others.

– Sgt Mike Vass, Avon and Somerset Police

Knife crime is on the increase in the Avon and Somerset:

increase in possession offences in 2017 compared to 2016
increase in possession offences since 2014

Permanent surrender bins are part of the solution, officers are also holding workshops at youth clubs.

Our work with young people is on-going, and will be stepped up this week in youth clubs, with local officers delivering hard hitting workshops which really bring home the impact knives can have not just on individuals, but on families and communities. We need to understand why young people are carrying knives and work to dispel the myth that knives are somehow cool or essential.

– Sgt Mike Vass, Avon and Somerset Police

Anyone worried about knife crime can contact Fearless (The Crimestoppers youth arm) anonymously.

Officers have made surrender bins permanent across the region. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Permanent surrender bins are now in place in at:

  • Asda Bedminster – Bristol
  • Bridewell Police Custody Centre – Bristol
  • Patchway Police Custody Centre – South Glos
  • Keynsham Police Custody Centre - BANES
  • Bridgwater Police Custody Centre – Somerset

Temporary surrender bins are at:

  • Frome police post in the town centre – Somerset
  • Bristol Magistrates Court
  • Bristol Crown Court