Plymouth police tackle knife crime
A month long knife amnesty starts in Plymouth on Monday September 20th.
Previous amnesties have proved very successful with over 600 weapons handed in across the city.
Secured knife bins will be positioned at most police stations in Plymouth to enable those with unwanted weapons to drop them in without fear of prosecution.
People wishing to take knives to police stations should wrap them securely – for example using tape and cardboard before leaving the house.
Superintendent Andy Boulting said: "We’re fortunate in Plymouth as we don’t have a big knife problem but we want to reduce it even further. Every knife handed in is one less knife on the street and potentially a life saved or injury avoided.
"We believe there may be a considerable number of knives held in homes, outbuildings and business premises. They may have been overlooked, forgotten or people simply don’t know how to safely dispose of them. If they are not needed or wanted we would ask people to hand them in to their local station.
"Each knife amnesty in the past has been very successful and we’re now running this one to help protect lives and save families from the tragedy of a loved one being killed or injured by a knife."
A final count of handed-in weapons will be released at the end of October.
Secure bins will be available at the following stations:
- Charles Cross, Plymouth, PL4 8HG (opening times, 07.00 to 02.00 daily)
- Crownhill, Budshead Way, Plymouth, PL6 5HT (opening times 08.00 to 18.00 Mon-Fri, 09.00 to 19.00 Sat & Sun)
- Plympton, Station Road, PL7 2ZW (opening times 09.00 to 17.00 Mon – Sat. Please note the front office is closed between 14.00 and 15.00 each day.)
- Plymstock, 2 Mount Batten Way, PL9 9AS (please see website for opening times)