Scarborough’s MP has backed The Scarborough News’ calls for a knife amnesty in Scarborough, to honour the legacy of murdered teenager Michael ‘Angel’ Graham.
Justice was handed down last week to the teenager who murdered the 17-year-old on Scarborough’s seafront in a frenzied knife attack.
The Scarborough News believes that North Yorkshire Police should allow an amnesty, to help rid our streets of the deadly blades.
Now MP Robert Goodwill has called for the force to allow people to hand over the weapons, in order to halt the knife crime that is blighting his constituency.
“I very much support this initiative from the Scarborough News to encourage people to hand in knives or other weapons during an amnesty.
“No-one should be carrying weapons like this on a night out and, as we have all too tragically seen, the results can be devastating.”
His comments echo those of Paul Hodgson, the man who owns the seafront store – Ancient Warrior – in which the weapon used to murder ‘Angel’ was bought.
The weapon was bought legally for killer Macauley Jenkinson by an adult.
But Mr Hodgson insists that he carries out rigorous checks to everybody he sells too – but that nobody has any reason to be carrying a deadly knife in public.
“Unless you are a fisherman or a carpenter, why do you need to be carrying a knife in public?
“I would like to see tougher action taken by police on anybody found to be carrying them in public.
“But I do believe it’s the person, not the weapon, that’s to blame.”
Superintendent Glyn Payne, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Scarborough, said he is aware of the growing concern in the community, following the recent spate of unrelated knife crimes.
He said the force is currently looking at a “range of options” as to what can done to combat knife-related attacks.
“Officers have already been engaging with young people across the town, visiting schools and colleges, to educate them about the serious consequences and dangers of carrying knives.
“We will be continuing with this initiative to achieve a long term solution to this issue, and are currently looking at a range of options. In the meantime, people who are caught carrying knives in the town need to understand that they face the prospect of arrest and prosecution for this offence.”