Knife amnesty to be held in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 13:44 08 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:44 08 March 2019

Knives collected at Stevenage police station during the amnesty. Picture: Herts Police

Knives collected at Stevenage police station during the amnesty. Picture: Herts Police

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Knife bins will be out across Hertsmere next week, including Potters Bar, to support the week-long national amnesty.

“This is an opportunity for residents to dispose of their unwanted knives and we’d especially like to see young people disarming themselves for their own safety,” said neighbourhood inspector Mark Bilsdon.

Between Monday March 11 and Sunday March 17, you will be able to surrender any unwanted knives to police anonymously without fear of prosecution for having them.

The amnesty also gives the opportunity to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife, give crime prevention advice and raise awareness amongst local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal.

As part of a wider campaign, officers will also be carrying out knife detection operations, test purchasing at retailers who sell knives and visiting schools to deliver talks on the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Violent crime remains relatively low in Hertfordshire, and previous amnesties have been very effective in reducing the number of knives in circulation.

“The amnesties are now a regular part of our violent crime reduction plan and any knives that can be taken off of our streets will help to make everyone safer.”

Knife bins will be at the following locations:

Tuesday March 12

• From 3pm and 5pm in Sainsburys in Potters Bar.

• From 10am to 11am at Bushey Golf and Country Club

• From 11.30am to 12.30pm at Phillimore recreation ground.

Wednesday March 13

• From 3.30pm and 5.30pm at the Furzefield Centre.

• From 2pm to 4pm at 96 Shenley Road.

Friday March 15

• From 10am to 11am in Bushey Mill Lane

• From 11.30am to 12.30pm in Watling Street in Radlett.

For further details, log in to www.herts.police.uk/amnesty

If you suspect someone is carrying a knife, call 101 with details or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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