Knife amnesty bins in Thanet result in 40 weapons handed in so far

An amnesty box outside St Paul's church

Four knife amnesty bins are in place around Thanet and police officers are urging anyone carrying a weapon to hand it in anonymously by placing it in one of the bins.

These are at the top of Margate High Street and on Edgar Road in Cliftonville, and in Ramsgate at the train station and on Albion Hill.

Installed on March 31, the knife amnesty bins were organised in partnership with the police as part of Operation Sceptre, a nationwide initiative set up to tackle knife crime.

The bins are funded by the Violence Reduction Unit. They form part of a wider strategy to the reduction of knife crime in the Thanet area. To date a total of 40 knives have been placed in the bins  since they were installed. There were 29 retrieved on the first collection and a further 11 on the second.

Kent Police has also carried out test purchases in shops and conducted knife sweeps of local parks to search for weapons that may be hidden or discarded in undergrowth.

Cllr Helen Whitehead, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “The work the Thanet Community Safety Unit is doing aims to engage our communities and change the narrative.

“Knife crime ruins lives. People carry knives for all kinds of reasons and these amnesty bins offer a no questions asked route to giving them up. I would personally urge anyone who is carrying a knife, or knows someone else who is doing so to stop and think about the possible consequences.

“The amnesty bins are there specifically for you to dispose of the weapon safely.”

The approach also includes outreach and education so people understand the possibly fatal consequences of carrying such a weapon. The bins may be moved to other locations in the district in future.

Inspector Dan Carter, Thanet Community Safety Unit Kent Police, said: “Any knife handed in to us is one which cannot be used in crime and I am pleased with the number of weapons which have been removed from the streets of Thanet.

Levels of knife crime in Kent remain low compared to other parts of the country, but Kent Police is not complacent and is committed to tackling knife crime and removing dangerous weapons from our communities.

“We will continue to work with our partners to tackle the issue, bring offenders to justice and challenge the culture that leads to people carrying knives.

“I would urge anyone carrying a bladed object, or who knows that a family member or friend is carrying one, to report it or hand it in to us and make the district safer for everyone.’

PCC Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott, Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “While Kent has not experienced the same levels of serious violence as some other areas in recent years, we have our own unique challenges. Some of these challenges are linked to county lines activity operating out of London and other cities, with young people being exploited to act as drugs mules.

“Our Violence Reduction Unit was set up last year to bring partners together to tackle these issues. We invested money I received from Government in various projects focused on crime prevention – including this one – and we have received a further £1,160,000 to spend on work across Kent in 2020/21.”

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  1. This is great news, just one knife being given up is a good thing, but 40, this is fantastic.

    40 less weapons on the streets.

  2. Yes, and easily replaced by a cheap one from a supermarket, and by paying for it at a self service check out! One way to cut down knife crime would be to outlaw any knife with a point! I would call this law “What’s the Point! Why do knives have a point?

    • Do a google search on blade design and geometry, there are sound reasons behind blade shapes , but these are specific purposes as with many things , its all too easy to put one design to another unintended use. As for the amnesty all very pathetic, anyone willing to carry and use a knife is hardly likely to dispose of one this way and as you say can replace it as and when they wish. Better to use stop and search and lock up those found in possession to create a real deterrant.

    • What a great idea “what’s the point”

      This is not your idea, this is an idea that’s been around for some time.

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