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Knife amnesty 11 to 17 March

Deposit points for anonymous surrender of Knives

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
Hertfordshire Constabulary is joining police forces across the country in Operation Sceptre, a national knife amnesty and week of action that will run between Monday March 11 and Sunday March 17.  The amnesty supports the national campaign to reduce the number of knives in circulation.

During the amnesty week, members of the public can surrender any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possession.

Knives can be surrendered in the knife bins provided at these police stations: Hatfield, Stevenage and Watford. You can find details of those police stations here.

A temporary knife bin will also be in place at Sainsbury in Potters Bar on Tuesday 12 March between 3pm  and 5pm and at the Furzefield Centre in Potters Bar on Wednesday 13 March between 3.30pm - 5.30pm.

As part of the wider campaign, officers will be carrying out knife detection operations, visiting local schools to talk to young people about the dangers of carrying knives, and raising awareness amongst local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal.

Police are also working with Crimestoppers, the independent charity that gives people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously, and their site for young people: Fearless.

Fearless is a site where young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. It also provides a safe place to give information about crime - 100% anonymously. 

The message above was taken from an OWL (Online Watch Link) update written by Derrick Sweeney, Watch Liaison Officer, Neighbourhood Watch, Hertfordshire Constabulary.

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