Knife amnesty continues in Lancashire

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Knife amnesty continues  

LANCASHIRE Constabulary is giving people more opportunities to hand in their knives as the month long amnesty continues.

People can now hand in any knife at any police station with a front counter as well being able to drop them anonymously into the designated bins.

Since the amnesty started at the end of August, more than 400 knives have been handed in across the county – including swords, machetes and commando knives.

Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson said: “We’ve been really pleased with the response so far, but we want to take even more knives of Lancashire’s streets. With that in mind, you can now hand any knife in at any police station with a front counter, as well dropping them into the bins.

“A significant number of weapons, which are capable of doing serious damage, have already been handed in, which shows it was the right thing to do this amnesty. Who knows what could have happened if these knives had remained on Lancashire’s streets.

In total, 210 knives have been handed in across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and Skelmersdale. Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde, as well as North Lancashire, have seen a total of 120 weapons handed in, while 75 knives have been handed in in East Lancashire

Preston has seen the most knives handed in, with a total of 142 deposited in the bins so far

Among the weapons given up are machetes, swords, commando knives, a homemade blade screwed together with razor blades and large knives.

Detective Inspector Atkinson added: “I would like to thank everyone who has handed over a knife so far – but there are still two weeks left of the amnesty, so if you are in possession of an illegal blade, or know someone who is, please hand it in. Remember, the knives can be dropped into the bins anonymously, without fear of repercussions.

The amnesty, which started on Monday 25 August, will run until Monday 29 September 2014

Some of the amnesty bins have now changed location; they are now located outside of the following stations and continue to be accessible 24 hours a day:

  • Blackpool
  • Lancaster
  • Fleetwood
  • Morecambe
  • Burnley
  • Darwen
  • Nelson
  • Preston
  • Chorley
  • Skelmersdale

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