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Hertfordshire Constabulary is installing special disposal bins at police stations around the county so that people can dispose of 'lethal knives' during a national knife amnesty which runs from May 24 to June 30. Police say people will be able to hand in the potential weapons without fear of prosecution. Click here for more on the knife amnesty on BBC News Online. The Herts police news release is reproduced below.

May 17, 2006
BINS AT THE READY FOR KNIFE AMNESTY
By Corporate Communication Dept

THERE’S no chance of Hertfordshire being left behind in this year’s National Knife Amnesty. The County Community Safety Unit is getting ready for the latest campaign and has already started to deliver amnesty bins across the county

Community Safety Manager Roy Aldwin said: “We are determined to make this knife amnesty the most successful and by getting the bins out early we are giving people every possible opportunity to give up their weapons safely and anonymously.”

The national amnesty officially starts on May 24 and runs until June 30, allowing plenty of time for people who own a dangerous weapon to bring it in to be destroyed.

Thirty specially branded ‘disposal bins’ where people can get rid of their lethal weapons without fear of prosecution for possessing an offensive weapon are in the process of being delivered to police stations across the county.

Roy continued; “We are getting the branded disposal bins out early to ensure people have no excuses to stop them dropping any knives off during the amnesty.

“We are asking that anyone who has in their possession a knife, or any other offensive weapon, to hand it in - whether it is kept at their home, in business premises, or is carried around with them. We particularly want to encourage concerned parents or guardians of young people to bring in any weapons their children possess or have access to.

“If you have a knife I would advise you to take advantage of the amnesty and visit your local police station. The message is simple – save a life and bin that knife.”

If you have any information on people carrying knives then please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on 0845 33 00 222 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

/ end of news release

Editor:
More from Herts Police on the knife amnesty. The news release which was emailed to this site is reproduced below.

May 24, 2006
SAVE A LIFE AND BIN THAT KNIFE
By Corporate Communication Dept

IN a positive bid to prevent another tragic death in the county, Hertfordshire Constabulary has today launched its 2006 Knife Amnesty.

Police station enquiry offices across the county have been fitted with specially branded disposal bins where people can get rid of their lethal weapons without fear of prosecution for possessing an offensive weapon*.

The Amnesty will run from May 24 right through to June 30, allowing plenty of time for people who own a dangerous weapon to bring it in for destruction.

“Every weapon handed in could save a life,” said Community Safety Manager Roy Aldwin. “The number of weapons handed in will not necessarily be an indication of the Amnesty’s success - we are aiming for lives to be saved and for far fewer people to be injured in Hertfordshire.

“Tackling knife culture, especially among young people, is essential for the continued safety of our communities. The message is simple – carrying knives on the streets will not be tolerated.”

Police are urging anyone who wants to dispose of a knife to ensure that it is transported safely, for example wrapped in cardboard. People are being asked to make sure they know where their nearest bin is and are urged not to stop off on route to the police station.

Last year (Jan 1 2005 to Dec 31 2005) there were 753 knife related crimes compared to 752 in 2004.

Ian Johnston, ACPO lead officer on crime, said: “Knives are very dangerous and it is unlawful to carry them for protection. People have been seriously injured or killed by knives in circumstances where those convicted state they had no intention of hurting anyone. Our message is simple – don’t carry knives for protection; it is unlawful and it is dangerous.

“We will be working with our communities to take as many knives off the street as possible during the amnesty. During the campaign we will also be targeting operations to identify those unlawfully carrying knives with a view to prosecuting them. Help us to help you make our communities safer. Taking knives out of circulation will definitely contribute to this.”

The amnesty is one of many tactics the Constabulary is using to prevent knife crime. After the enforcement surrounding the amnesty has finished work will continue in schools and colleges with specialist officers continuing the education aims.

Roy added: “As part of the campaign we are informing communities of the consequences of carrying knives. If you are found in possession of a knife you could face up to four years in prison – this could be a lot more if the knife is used to attack someone.

“We are asking that anyone who has in their possession a knife, or any other offensive weapon, to hand it in - whether it is kept at their home, in business premises, or is carried around with them. We particularly want to encourage concerned parents or guardians of young people to bring in any weapons their children possess or have access to.”

Police are also trying to encourage people who own lethal weapons for display purposes, such as ornaments or antiques, to ensure they are properly secured in a secure cabinet or fixed to the wall so they cannot be easily removed.

If you have any information on people carrying knives then please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on 0845 33 00 222 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

/end of police news release.

Editor:
An update on the knife amnesty, just in from Herts Police.

June 2, 2006
KNIFE AMNESTY UPDATE
By Corporate Communication Dept

NEARLY four hundred knives have been handed over to the Hertfordshire Constabulary during the first week of the national knife amnesty.

Between Wednesday May 24 and Wednesday May 31 383 knives have been deposited in the specially branded knife amnesty bins in Police Station enquiry offices across the county.

The knives consist of a selection of domestic and non domestic knives and some more unusual items including, a bill hook, cavalry sword and three samurai swords. Some other weapons which are not classed as knives have also been handed in, including a knuckle duster.

The amnesty will be finishing on June 30 and police are urging anyone with a knife to hand it in today. Police are also appealing for family members and friends who know people that carry knives to encourage them to hand their knives in.

Interim results for the first week (Wednesday May 24 and Wednesday May 31):


* Eastern Area 151
* Central Area 94
* Western Area 138
Hertfordshire total = 383

/end of news release.  (we are in the central area).

Editor:
Another update from Heftfordshire Police - this for week two of the knife amnesty.

June 9, 2006
KNIFE AMNESTY UPDATE – WEEK TWO
By Corporate Communication Dept

POLICE saw a 30% rise in the number of knives handed in during the second week of the national knife amnesty.

Over the last week (Wednesday May 31 to Wednesday June 7) 552 knives were deposited in the specially branded knife amnesty bins in Police Station enquiry offices across the county. In the first two weeks of the amnesty a total of 935 knives have been handed in.

During the first week of the amnesty 383 knives were handed in.

The knives handed in during the second week consisted of a selection of domestic and non domestic knives. There were a number of unusual items handed in including a ceremonial sword, martial arts equipment, a selection of daggers and a brass knuckle duster.

The amnesty will be finishing on June 30 and police are urging anyone with a knife to hand it in today. Police are also appealing for family members and friends who know people that carry knives to encourage them to hand their knives in.

Interim results for the second week - Wednesday May 31 to Wednesday June 7. Week 1 results in ( ).

Eastern Area 298 (151)
Central Area 135 (94)
Western Area 119 (138)

Hertfordshire total = 552 (383)

/end of the news release

(we are in the Central area)
 

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I'm afraid you're going to have to prise mine from my cold dead hand.  How else would I peel my mid-morning apple?

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