Po­lice ‘got it wrong’ over knife dis­posal

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLINGDON po­lice have ad­mit­ted they ‘got it wrong’ after a woman who found a knife in a park was turned away from Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion when she tried to dis­pose of it.

A new knife dis­posal bin has been in­stalled at the Hillingdon po­lice head­quar­ters, in War­wick Place, and was an­nounced on the force’s newly launched Face­book page on Sun­day Septem­ber 18.

The mem­ber of the pub­lic pre­vi­ously spoke of her shock after she dis­cov­ered the long-bladed knife ly­ing on the grass in Rec­tory Park, Northolt.

But when she tried to hand the blade in at Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion she was told they would not take it and that she would have to travel to Hayes to de­posit the knife.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “The po­lice of­fi­cer showed com­plete dis­re­gard for the knife. She didn’t even write down where I’d found it.”

The mum-of-three found the knife on the evening of Au­gust 10 and went to the po­lice sta­tion at around 10.30pm that night.

After be­ing told to dis­pose of the knife at one of three banks in Hayes, she in­stead left it in a drain out­side the po­lice sta­tion for of­fi­cers to deal with.

Post­ing on Face­book at around 11am on Sun­day, Hillingdon Po­lice said: “How the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice deals with prop­erty found in the street was changed a few years ago. We no longer take low value items that are un­likely to be re­turned to an owner. But we will take harm­ful items and items that could be re­cov­ered to an owner.

“Re­cently we turned some­one away at Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion who wanted to hand in a knife. We got it wrong this oc­ca­sion.

“Our of­fi­cers have been re­minded of our pol­icy. If you find a knife and hand it in, we will take it.

“We have lis­tened to feed­back about this in­ci­dent and looked to im­prove fur­ther and have this week in­stalled a knife bin in the front of­fice at Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion.”

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