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Police praise public response to knife amnesty

The knife amnesty in Devon and Cornwall ends this weekend.

If you have any type of knife or bladed weapon that you don't want you can dispose of it anonymously at these police enquiry offices, but please check weekend opening times here first: www.dc.police.uk/PEO

This item, of the "zombie" knife type, is one of a number of bladed weapons disposed of at Torquay police enquiry office this week

Outside of the amnesty period, unwanted household knives can be disposed of in general household waste if they are securely packaged first to prevent injury, or placed in the metal recycling skip at your local reclamation centre.

If you are uncertain about transporting or disposing of any other bladed weapons, ask your local policing team who you can find here www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-area or email 101@dc.police.uk for advice.

Guidance on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons and good 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

The public in Devon and Cornwall have responded well to this knife amnesty, part of Devon & Cornwall Police’s support for a week of action instigated as part of the ongoing Home Office Operation Sceptre which has the national aims of combating knife crime and raising awareness about it.

Pictured are examples of some of the items binned at our police enquiry offices this week.


Knife amnesty ends this weekend 17/18 February

The knife amnesty in Devon and Cornwall ends this weekend. If you have any type of knife or bladed weapon that you don't want you can deposit it anonymously at any of our police enquiry offices.

Check here for opening times and locations: www.dc.police.uk/PEO

Pictured are some examples of the unwanted items which have so far been binned at our police enquiry offices in Barnstaple, Torquay, Plymouth (Crownhill) and Bodmin. Our offices in Plymouth (Charles Cross), St Austell, Truro, Camborne and Exeter are also participating in the knife amnesty, and our officers on the Isles of Scilly will also accept unwanted knives.

Outside of the knife amnesty period, unwanted household knives can be disposed of in general household waste if they are securely packaged first, or placed in the metal recycling skip at your local reclamation centre.

If you are uncertain about any other bladed items, you can ask your local policing team who you can find here www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-area or email 101@dc.police.uk for advice.


Knife Amnesty: 12-18 February 2018

From 12 – 18 February, members of the public in Devon and Cornwall can dispose of unwanted knives and bladed items at designated police stations without fear of prosecution.

This includes knives, “zombie” knives, swords, kitchen knives, lock knives, unwanted collectibles, replicas and ceremonial items and any unwanted bladed weapon.

Devon & Cornwall Police is supporting a week of action instigated as part of the ongoing Home Office Operation Sceptre which has the national aims of combating knife crime and raising awareness about it.

All police enquiry offices which are open to the public will have collection bins in which members of the public can deposit items anonymously. These are located at Plymouth, Crownhill; Plymouth, Charles Cross; St Austell, Palace Road; Truro, Pydar Street; Bodmin, Tollgate Road; Camborne, South Terrace; Barnstaple, North Walk; Exeter, Heavitree Road and Torquay, South Street.

Please check opening times and location map on the Devon & Cornwall Police website here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/police-enquiry-offices

Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew, Commander of the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance operations department, said: “Our message is clear. There is no excuse for carrying a knife. There are plenty of sad incidents across the country where someone has produced a knife in the heat of the moment, with the intention of it being more symbolically threatening than as a weapon, but who have come off worse because of it. We can prevent such injuries and deaths by taking knives off the street.”

“Any knife or bladed article carried for anything other than legitimate reasons is not only illegal but dangerous so if you don’t need it or don’t have a good reason for carrying it then bin it.  Getting these items out of circulation is important and this is an opportunity to ensure we all contribute to removing these items from the streets.”

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. You’ll get a prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once.

Guidance on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons and good 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


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