Po­lice: knife amnesty was a huge suc­cess

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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

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