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Derbyshire residents urged to 'drop the knife' this week

The weapon amnesty is taking place across the county until Sunday.

Derbyshire Police are offering people the chance to ‘Drop the Knife’ next week (Monday, March 11 – Sunday, March 17) as part of a national anti-knife crime initiative Operation Sceptre. 

This is an opportunity, across the county, to safely discard bladed weapons that could come in to the hands of those that would cause harm to others. 

Inspector Richard Keene of Derbyshire police, explained: “For the last four years our officers have worked hard across the county on Project Zao, an initiative to reduce knife crime in the county. 

“The initiative is multi-stranded involving education, engagement and enforcement and our message has always been clear about the dangers of carrying a knife. 

“We hope that by offering this opportunity it is a chance for parents, carers and friends to have discussions about the dangers of carrying a knife and that it is handed rather than causing serious harm or killing someone.” 

Bins will be placed at police stations across the county and staff will be on hand to safely handle any bladed weapons handed in. 

Yvonne Upton, a mum of a 21-year-old knife crime murder victim, said: “I think this is a great idea, any knife off the street is potentially going to save a life and stop the misery that our family and Connor’s friends have had to go through. 

“If you are carrying a knife or know someone who is I would please urge you to take this opportunity to drop it in one of the bins at the police stations.” 

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It’s critical that we tackle knife crime from all angles and this opportunity to hand knives in to the police, disposing of them safely, is just one strand of the overall approach. 

“I’m clear that enforcement alone is not enough, which is why I am funding a number of projects aimed at diverting young people away from crime and violence.  But let me be clear, knife crime is a national problem and if it is to be tackled effectively it needs additional funding, officers and resources.  

“I agree with CC Sara Thornton that this complex issue needs to be prioritised and treated as an emergency with some emergency funding.” 

The bins will be at the following police stations across the county: 

St Mary’s Wharf Police Station, Chester Green, Derby

Cotton Lane Police Station, Derby

Peartree Police Station, Peartree Road, Derby

Ilkeston Police Station, Heanor Road, Ilkeston

Swadlincote Police Station, Civic Way, Swadlincote

Buxton Police Station, Silverlands, Buxton

Chesterfield Police Station, Beetwell Street, Chesterfield. 

For opening time details visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us/Enquiry-Offices/Enquiry-Offices.aspx 

If the police station is not open then contact can be made via the yellow telephone outside. 

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