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Hertfordshire knife amnesty next week

Chance to hand in unwanted knives anonymously

Image of knives by Jim Case, released under Creative Commons BY- 2.0
Image of knives by Jim Case, released under Creative Commons BY- 2.0

A knife amnesty will run from between Tuesday September 17 and Monday September 24 so that members of the public can hand in any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possession.

Operation Sceptre

According to a news release sent out by Hertfordshire Constabulary, police across the country are taking part in Operation Sceptre, a national knife amnesty.

Police say that "knife related crime has been increasing across the country, including Hertfordshire, in recent years and the amnesty is being carried out to support the national campaign to reduce the number of knives in circulation".

The news release continues:
"The amnesty also provides an opportunity to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife, give crime prevention advice and raise awareness amongst local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal. As part of a wider campaign officers will be carrying out knife detection operations, test purchasing at knife retailers and visiting schools to deliver talks on the dangers of carrying a knife. "
During the amnesty any knives can be handed in at Hatfield, Stevenage or Watford police stations. Police say items can be surrendered using the knife bins provided. The locations and opening times of these stations can be found via the link above.