Police: knife amnesty was a huge success
A SENIOR Surrey Police officer has described a recent knife amnesty in the county as a “huge success”.
Superintendent Gary Pike, who leads Surrey’s contribution to the national anti-knife initiative Operation Sceptre, told Surrey Advertiser that more than 80 knives were collected during the weeklong amnesty.
He said: “83 knives were collected, which I think is a huge success if you consider that Surrey Police ran a similar amnesty earlier in 2017.
“The range of knives was kitchen knives through to hunting knives through to bayonets.
“There are some knives in there that are really quite devastating to look at and heaven knows what would happen if they were used in crime.”
Supt Pike also sought to reassure the public that knife crime remained uncommon in Surrey, but that the police still took the issue very seriously.
“One knife is one knife too many,” he said.
The amnesty ran for a week from July 19, and people were encouraged to deposit knives anonymously in black amnesty bins at police stations in Woking, Guildford, Reigate and Staines.
The knife amnesty bins were supplied by Black Country Metal Works, which will use the knives to create a “Dove of Peace Monument” representing national intolerance of violent and aggressive behaviour associated with knife crime.
In addition to the amnesty, officers conducted proactive weapons sweeps in Redhill, Epsom and Mole Valley.
Three of the more gruesome knives handed in