Knife amnesty to take place in Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 12:10 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:10 12 July 2017
Hertfordshire Police is taking part in a knife crime campaign next week, with residents being encouraged to surrender unwanted knives anonymously in Hatfield.
The amnesty will run between Monday, July 17 and Sunday, July 23, during which people will be able to hand in the weapons without fear of prosecution.
Hatfield Police Station is among three bases in the county where the knife bins will be provided, and will be open between 8am and 11pm from Monday to Thursday, 8am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8am to 8pm on Sunday.
A police spokesperson said that although knife crime had increased across the county and nationwide, Hertfordshire remains one of Britain’s safest areas.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Operation Sceptre is now being run on a regular basis in many parts of the country and has been very effective in reducing the number of knives being carried.
“Any knives that we can be taken off of our streets will help to make everyone safer.
“Fortunately the number of knife-related incidents is low in the county, but as part of our wider crime prevention strategy, this can only contribute to making Hertfordshire even safer.”