Hertfordshire to crackdown on knife crime

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Hertfordshire Constabulary is taking part in the latest national knife amnesty, Operation Sceptre.

The amnesty will run between Monday, September 16 and Sunday, September 22 during which members of the public will be able to surrender any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possession of these items.

Hertfordshire has been taking part in the national knife amnesty for the last four years as part of a positive operational response to increases in knife crime across the country.

However, whilst knife related crime is lower in Hertfordshire than in other parts of the country, the amnesty is being carried out to help support the national campaign to reduce the number of knives in circulation.

During the amnesty, any knives in your possession that you do not want or should not have, can be surrendered at one of the following police stations: Hatfield, Stevenage or Watford.

There will also be temporary knife bins in locations around the county and there are permanent knife surrender bins in Waltham Cross, details of which can be found at www.herts.police.uk/amnesty.

Items can be surrendered anonymously during the amnesty in the knife bins provided, the locations and opening times of these stations can be found at www.herts.police.uk/stations.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “Hertfordshire remains one of the safest counties in England and Wales. But there is always work to be done to educate the public, and young people in particular, that carrying a knife won’t keep you safe and won’t be tolerated.

“During the previous knife amnesty in March this year 680 knives, swords and bladed weapons were deposited in bins in Hertfordshire.

"The amnesty is just one strategy for tackling serious violence. It works alongside giving officers the power of stop and search, intelligence led operations and the work of our Gangs and Schools team.”