Nottinghamshire Police are launching a knife amnesty after alarming increase in stabbings.
Fifteen red amnesty bins are being placed across police stations and community centres across the county.
It comes after three fatal stabbings in Britain this week, and urgent talks between police chiefs and government ministers.
A knife amnesty in the county last September resulted in 418 weapons being dumped, including Samurai Swords and hunting knives.
The scheme is part of the national knife crime campaign Operation Sceptre, which runs throughout next week, starting on Monday.
“We need to think more about how we prevent knife crime in the first place…to help reduce the number of knife-related injuries in the city.”
Adam Brooks, Clinical Director for the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre
Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin said: “Nottinghamshire Police takes knife crime seriously and has the only dedicated Knife Crime Team outside of the Metropolitan Police.
“We want the process of handing them in to be as simple as possible so there will be no paperwork to fill in. People can simply drop them in the bins and leave, and we will collect them all up at the end of the week and destroy them.
“To take 418 knives out of circulation last September, shows that the public is just as keen as we are to get them off the streets.”
OP SCEPTRE: A new knife amnesty is being held across Notts to prevent weapons falling into the hands of criminals. It runs from 11-17 March at 15 police stations and partner agency locations across Notts. For a full list visit Notts Police's website. #LivesNotKnives #OpSceptre pic.twitter.com/3prQWgUmgO
— Notts Police (@nottspolice) March 8, 2019
Nottinghamshire Police has reintroduced Schools and Early Intervention Officers who visit schools to talk to young people about issues including knife crime.
The amnesty is also supported by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham City Council, the Bridges Community Trust and the borough and district councils.
There will be amnesty bins at the A&E department at the Queen’s Medical Centre and at the Bridges Community Trust in The Meadows.
Adam Brooks, Clinical Director for the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at the Queen’s Medical Centre, said: “All major cities across the country have all seen an increase in knife crime and Major Trauma Centres – including ours here in Nottingham – are equipped to deal with the aftermath.
“However, we need to think more about how we prevent knife crime in the first place and we are pleased to support this important campaign to help reduce the number of knife-related injuries in the city.”
Amnesty Bin Locations:
- Broxtowe Shared Services (formerly Beeston police station)
- Bridges Community Trust in the Bridgeway Centre, The Meadows
- Byron House (Central Police Station/Nottingham City Council)
- Queen’s Medical Centre
- Radford Road police station
- Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre
- St Ann’s Police station
For a full list of amnesty bin locations across the county, please visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/
Operation Sceptre follows the week in where a 20 year-old man from Leicester has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 17-year old Jodie Chesney. He remains in police custody.
For more information pleased visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/knifecrime