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17 July 2017, 09:15
North Wales Police is calling on people across the region to give up their potentially lethal weapons in a drive to educate people about the dangers of knives and focus on keeping North Wales a safe place leading up to the summer.
A week long knife amnesty campaign begins today. During this time people can bring their unwanted knives to many of the area’s police stations.
Inspector Julie Sheard from the North Wales Police Community Safety Department said, "Our focus will be on targeting those who habitually carry and use knives, tackling the supply and access to weapons, engagement with the public to increase awareness of the consequences of carrying knives and providing opportunities to surrender weapons."
On top of this, North Wales Police’ School Community Police Officers will be raising awareness of the consequences of carrying a knife in lessons across schools in North Wales. Special amnesty disposal bins will be placed in stations in Wrexham, Mold, Rhyl, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Bangor, Caernarfon and Holyhead. Here member of the public can hand in knives without fear of punishment.
Inspector Sheard added: “We take a robust approach to anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article on the streets and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to rid yourselves of any illegal weapons. Please ensure any sharp ends are securely wrapped in a protective material.”
To deposit knives and other sharp objects first wrap them in cardboard before taking them to the station.
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