A four week long knife surrender campaign is underway in Nuneaton and Bedworth. The surrender bin will be in place at Nuneaton Police Station on Vicarage Street for a month.
According to statistics there were 139 recorded knife crimes in North Warwickshire in 2016/17, an increase of 19 percent compared to the figures for 2015/16.
Police are keen for as many weapons as possible to be handed over and it has been stressed that people surrendering knives at the station will not have to leave their names or any details. However if police suspect a weapon has been used in a crime they will examine it for evidence.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe, said, “Knife crime has a devastating effect on peoples lives, both for victims and their families, perpetrators and the wider community. While thankfully knife crime is not commonplace in Warwickshire, it’s still important that we all work together to rid knives from our streets.
“There is no circumstances where carrying a knife as a weapon is acceptable and, while some people wrongly perceive that a knife offers them some kind of protection, in reality it only serves to make them more vulnerable while placing those around them at greater risk.”