Knife amnesty bins installed at Scarborough and Malton Police Stations

Knife amnesty bins have been installed at Scarborough and Malton police stationsKnife amnesty bins have been installed at Scarborough and Malton police stations
Knife amnesty bins have been installed at Scarborough and Malton police stations
North Yorkshire Police is joining police forces across the country this week (May 13-19) in an operation focused on knife crime.

Although work to tackle crime involving knives never stops, each year there are two extra ‘weeks of action’ which bring together all forces in a concerted effort to highlight their ongoing activity.

They’re part of Sceptre, which is UK policing’s overall approach to dealing with knife crime.

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In addition to robust enforcement and amnesty bins to get weapons off the streets, the week of action will include visits to schools, to make sure young people understand that there are no benefits to carrying a knife – only terrible dangers.

The message is clear: carrying a knife never makes you safer. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

Detective Superintendent Jon Sygrove, from North Yorkshire Police, said: “The message needs to start in schools - education and engagement is such an important aspect of dealing with the issue.

“We sometimes hear there’s a perception among young people that ‘everyone is carrying a knife’, but that’s just not true. And in fact carrying a knife can mean you’re more likely to have it used against you.

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“Ultimately, tackling knife crime is complex, and the police cannot do it alone. It takes partnership working to stop the sale and supply of knives solely intended to harm, understand the drivers behind knife carrying, identify opportunities to focus on current and potential knife-carriers, find and seize weapons and support our communities to feel safe.

“Our operational and engagement activity this week is just a snapshot of the hard work that goes on all year round, by the police and other organisations, to take knives off the streets, and stop them ending up in the wrong hands.”

If you are worried about someone carrying a knife, tell a family member, a teacher or youth worker, a police officer, or report it to the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Knife amnesty bins have been placed in some police stations, with members of the public urged to dispose of any unwanted knives safely.

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Wrap them in thick paper or cardboard as a safety precaution, and take them to York (Fulford Road), Scarborough, Malton, Northallerton, Harrogate or Skipton Police Stations.

You can simply deposit the knife in the bin, without having to give your name or any other details.

(A permanent knife amnesty bin is also in place in Harrogate, between Asda car park and the Dragon Road car park).