Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

245 Blades Handed in during Amnesty

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

245 Blades Handed in during Amnesty

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Byline: Sophie Barley Crime Reporter sophie.barley@trinitymirror.com

THESE are some of the deadly blades handed over during a knife amnesty.

A total of 245 knives and other bladed items were handed in to police during a two-week knife surrender campaign. "Surrender a Knife" was run by Cleveland Police alongside the British Ironwork Centre, which provided secure bins for Teesside police stations. Earlier this year it emerged that Teesside was the knife crime capital of England and Wales, with a knife crime rate of 50 for every 100,000 people living in the area - the highest out of all 43 police forces in England and Wales for 2014.

The British Ironwork Centre has pledged to melt down all the items handed in across the country and make a sculpture dedicated to knife crime victims.

The public were encouraged to hand in knives or other potentially dangerous items which could fall into the wrong hands and end up being used in crime. Officers say 245 knives, pointed items and other blades were placed in bins at Stockton HQ, Thornaby, Billingham, Middlesbrough HQ, Hartlepool HQ, Coulby Newham, Kirkleatham HQ, Eston, Redcar town, Guisborough and Saltburn. …

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