Sussex Police support national knife surrender

17/09/2018

Sussex Police are supporting a national knife crime campaign which aims to reduce the number of people carrying a weapon.

Operation Sceptre will see officers across Sussex attending local schools, making test purchases and performing proactive patrols to encourage knife owners, especially young people, to give up their knives anonymously.

To enable knife owners to give up their weapons safely and without fear of prosecution, knife bins are located at police stations across Sussex from 17-24 September.

Backing the scheme Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne said: "There are only a handful of recognised and legitimate reasons for carrying knives in public and 'protecting yourself' from somebody else who may be carrying a knife is not one of them.

“If you are caught carrying a knife it could well mean the end of your career ambitions and a long prison sentence, and if knives are drawn in anger or even just bravado it can mean life changing wounds or worse.

“Operation Sceptre is giving people the chance to surrender unnecessary and illegally held knives, so make the right choice today: lose the knife not a life.“

Anyone with information on knife crime should call 101 or report online. In an emergency always dial 999.

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