Knife amnesty starts up across Merseyside

Knife amnesty starts up across Merseyside

by Henry James (July 2022)

A NEW knife amnesty is underway across the county, to coincide with the arrival of the Knife Angel in Birkenhead Park.

Amnesty bins have been installed at the Knife Angel, which is situated at the Grand Arch, Birkenhead, as well as at Tranmere Rovers, Wirral Change and Beechwood Recreation Centre and Merseyside Police General Enquiry Offices, including Bootle (Marsh Lane).

The amnesty is for anyone who wants to dispose of bladed weapons and any other offensive weapons, such as knuckle dusters or friction lock batons to do so safely and without fear of prosecution.

Many weapons are held in innocence or ignorance of their illegality.

The amnesty gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a knife anonymously with no questions asked, by simply depositing it into the amnesty bin. Those surrendering knives or weapons are not required to give any personal details and will not face prosecution for carrying them to a surrender bin.

The amnesty bins are ‘just one element of Merseyside Police’s wider approach to tackling knife crime and as a force they put significant effort into putting a stop to this issue.’

Superintendent Phil Mullally said: “We know that knife bins do a great job in taking knives and other weapons off our streets, but they only work alongside enforcement and education.

“I also want to remind people about the Offensive Weapons Act 2019, which now makes it illegal to possess offensive weapons in a private place.

“There are a number offensive weapons included in the new legislation such as, knuckle dusters, friction lock batons and flick knives.”
If you have information about someone carrying a knife, or know someone involved in crime, get in touch @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800555111.

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