Sudbury hands in 131 knives to police during recent Bin a Blade campaign
More than 100 bladed items were handed in at Sudbury Police Station by members of the public, during a recent week of action aimed at tackling knife crime.
Suffolk Police hailed the success of Operation Sceptre, a campaign which ran between Tuesday, September 18, and Monday, September 24, to raise awareness of the risks of possessing a knife, and target offenders who use and carry knives.
During this time period, 131 bladed items were deposited at a knife amnesty bin in Sudbury, which remains in place at the local police station, so that people can hand in any knives they may possess without fear of legal repercussions.
Suffolk Constabulary Superintendent Kerry Cutler said: “Operation Sceptre allows police forces across the country to remind people of the dangers of carrying a knife and also the potential consequences people face.
“Knife crime has devastating effects on victims, families and communities. We must break this cycle of violence and address the perception of young people who say they need to carry a knife to protect themselves.
“This is a key message which we emphasise in our awareness-raising work with children and young people across Suffolk.
“I would also encourage parents and carers to consider having the conversation with their children, setting out the facts.”
Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, added: “We need to do all we can through education, peer pressure, policing and sentencing to make it absolutely clear that it’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon.
“This growing trend has got to stop; carrying a knife just doesn’t make you safe, it can lead to dreadful consequences.
“I would encourage anyone who has a knife or any other weapon to dispose of them responsibly and immediately.
“Ultimately, it is about making Suffolk as safe as possible.”