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Week long amnesty aims to raise awareness and “target those who habitually carry and use knives”

A week long knife amnesty campaign aimed at encouraging people across the region to give up potentially lethal weapons and focus on keeping North Wales a safe place leading up to the Christmas season, is now underway.

The campaign, which launched today (Monday 23rd October), will run until Sunday 29th October. During this time people can bring their unwanted knives to many of the area’s police stations.

During a similar campaign in July 2017, 380 items were handed in across the North Wales Police force area.

Special amnesty disposal bins will be placed in stations in Wrexham, Mold, Rhyl, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Bangor, Caernarfon and Holyhead. Here members of the public can hand in knives without fear of punishment.

Inspector Julie Sheard said: “Our focus will be on targeting those who habitually carry and use knives, tackling the supply and access to weapons, engagement with the public to increase awareness of the consequences of carrying knives and providing opportunities to surrender weapons.

“We take a robust approach to anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article on the streets and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to rid yourselves of any illegal weapons. Please ensure any sharp ends are securely wrapped in a protective material.”

To deposit knives and other sharp objects first wrap them in cardboard before taking them to the station.

If you know of somebody carrying a knife report it to North Wales Police on 101 or in an emergency always dial 999. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give information via their anonymous online form.

The Law

  • It is illegal for any shop to sell a knife of any kind (including cutlery and kitchen knives) to anyone under the age of 18.
  • It is a crime to carry a knife in public without good reason – for example, if you work as a chef.
  • The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5000.
  • It is illegal to carry, buy or sell any type of knife banned by the government.
  • Knives with folding blades, like Swiss Army knives, are not illegal as long as the blade is three inches long (7.62 cm) or less.
  • If any knife is used in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife), it is regarded as an ‘offensive weapon’ by the law.
  • Any sharp instrument – even a screwdriver – can be viewed by the police as an illegal offensive weapon if you do not have a good reason for carrying it.

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