Police call for knife handover in latest campaign

Image from Warwickshire Police
Image from Warwickshire Police

The latest surrender a knife campaign is urging people to drop weapons off in Leamington and Rugby and help save lives.

Warwickshire Police has launched its latest weapons surrender appeal, asking for anyone in possession of a dangerous blade to hand over the item anonymously.

Image from Warwickshire Police

Image from Warwickshire Police

The appeal comes as the force supports the national ‘save a life, surrender your knife’ campaign which aims to reduce knife crime.

And once blades are collected the force even plans to create a 20-foot high guardian angel sculpture in memory of all those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

Chief Inspector Mark Colquhoun said: “If people choose to carry a knife the risk of hurting or killing someone is well known. What is less well know are the risks to the individual carrying the knife.

“If you are caught carrying a knife you risk arrest, prosecution, a criminal record, up to four years in jail, ruined job prospects, not being able to go to university, not being able to travel to America; the list goes on.

“Ultimately, it’s your choice whether to carry a knife or not and the biggest risk you face is that you use it and do something you regret for the rest of your life. Think about the potential consequences for other people and for yourself and your family; make the right choice.”

A knife surrender campaign will run in Warwickshire until August 19 and give anyone with a knife the opportunity to surrender it anonymously at a secure knife bin - either at Leamington or Rugby police stations.

People surrendering knives will not be required to leave any information but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime they will examine it for evidence.

The campaign is being run in partnership with the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire where the sculpture will be made.