'By carrying a knife, you risk ruining more than one life forever' - Force's message in support of national knife crackdown
17 Nov | 10:56

Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison explains why Northumbria Police will be supporting the national initiative to tackle knife crime

‘By carrying a knife, you risk ruining more than one life forever’.

That’s our message as a national week of action aimed at reducing the devastation caused by knife crime begins today.

This week, we are building on the work already under way to tackle such offending to help keep our communities safe.

Officers will be carrying out a range of targeted activity from weapons sweeps, searches and educational inputs in schools across Northumbria to reiterate our message that carrying a knife is never acceptable.

A number of surrender bins will also be placed at seven stations across the Force, with members of the public encouraged to hand over any unwanted knives or sharp objects which they fear could fall into the wrong hands.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison has welcomed the week of action – and has asked the public to continue to work with officers to ensure the region remains one of the safest places to live and work in the country.

He said: “During my career as an officer I have seen first-hand the devastating impact knife crime can have on families. I’ve seen lives lost and futures thrown away.

“Our Force area is a very safe place to live and work and thankfully we see lower levels of knife crime than comparative areas of the country. However, that does not mean we are complacent – tackling knife crime is a key priority for the Force.

“Our officers work every single day to reduce the impact of knife crime and educate about the potentially devastating consequences of carrying a weapon.

“This week of action was created to compliment the already extensive work carried out and to help us share our message far and wide.

“There is always a choice. People should never feel they have to carry a weapon – and by carrying a knife, you risk ruining more than one life forever.”

He added: “This week sees the return of knife surrender bins to stations around the Force, and people are encouraged to drop off any unwanted items.

“These could be old kitchen knives, antiques found in an attic, or something once brought home from holiday. This is a way to dispose of items safely so they never run this risk of falling into the wrong hands.”

Officers will also be executing warrants, carrying out searches, seizing harmful weapons and taking proactive action against anyone caught in possession of a knife.

If you have information about someone who is in possession of a prohibited weapon, or want to report any suspicious activity, please get in touch with us using the Tell Us Something page on our website.

Alternatively, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

If a crime is happening, or you need urgent assistance, always call 999.

Surrender bins are now in place at the following stations until November 22. They can be accessed during opening hours.

Forth Banks- 8am-10pm – Monday to Sunday
Middle Engine Lane – 8am-10pm – Monday to Sunday
Southwick - 8am-10pm – Monday to Sunday
Bedlington – 9am-5pm – Monday to Sunday
South Shields – 9am-5pm – Monday to Sunday
Gateshead – 9am-5pm – Monday to Friday
Hexham – 10am-2pm – Monday to Friday

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