Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Amnesty Sees 75 Blades Handed In

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Amnesty Sees 75 Blades Handed In

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A KNIFE amnesty in part of Teesside saw 75 weapons handed over in a fortnight.

From January 23 to February 6, police offered people in parts of Redcar and Cleveland the chance to hand over blades they didn't want to keep in their homes.

The low-key operation centred on Redcar, Guisborough, Eston and South Bank, with posters advertising the amnesty put up in police stations and secure bins installed.

And by the time it ended, a collection of 75 bladed items had been handed in, including combat-style knives, swords and even a home-made knuckle-duster.

Chief Inspector of Operations Geoff Bush said: "While we do not have a specific issue with knives in the Redcar and Cleveland district, we decided to run a local knife amnesty which would encourage anyone with any bladed items that they no longer wish to have in their possession to hand them in so that we can dispose of them correctly and safely.

"We'd like to thank all members of the public who took part in the amnesty. …

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