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Surrender a knife save a life

by Jonathan Kearney

People in Merseyside can hand in their bladed weapons as part of a knife and weapons surrender being carried out this week (13-19 May).

Drop-off points will be available at 10 Merseyside police stations, giving members of the public the chance to dispose of a knife or weapon safely.

The surrender is for anyone who wants to dispose of a knife, bladed article or other offensive weapon.

Many weapons are kept by people innocently ignorant of their illegality. The surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a knife anonymously with no questions asked by visiting a local police station. Taking part in the surrender helps to keep unwanted knives out of circulation and stop them falling into the wrong hands.

Any type of knife or sharp item can be handed in to a police station during the surrender period, and members of the public are not required to give any personal details.

Please take care when bringing a knife to a surrender location and consider securely wrapping the bladed item in cardboard or a tea towel.

Inspector Laura Leach, Merseyside’s Deputy Lead for Serious Violence and Knife Crime said: “Knife crime has a devastating impact on families and communities. That’s why we are using this week of action as an opportunity to showcase the year-round work of officers and partners, to not only enforce but to prevent and engage with communities about the dangers of knife crime.

“There is no excuse for carrying a knife. Our message is simple, carrying a knife puts yours and other lives at risk. Our officers are committed to keeping people safe on our streets – anyone caught with a knife will be arrested and put before the courts.

“This week’s knife surrender offers a safe space to hand in any knives or bladed items, so we would encourage the public to engage with this and continue to report any information which may help us continue to tackle knife crime.”

Merseyside has seen significant reductions in both serious violence and knife crime, with 263 fewer victims of serious violence in the last year alone.

Knife crime has also fallen by 18.6% for the year ending September 2023 compared with the previous 12 months.

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “In the past year alone, we’ve seen knife crime reduce by 18.6%.

“This is hugely welcome, and it is testament to the hard work and commitment of Merseyside Police, our Violence Reduction Partnership and a wide range of partners, who are determined to prevent and reduce the use of knives and their potentially devastating consequences.

“But even one knife incident is too many and that’s why we’re committed to tackling the use of knives all year round. Through robust enforcement, but crucially also by working to tackle the root causes of serious violence. Key to this is education and awareness-raising. By listening to our young people and engaging with them we are putting positive interventions in place to steer them away from a path that could lead to serious violence.”