NFRS lends support to Nottinghamshire Police in seven day knife amnesty

17/09/2018

​NFRS supported a seven day knife amnesty, lead by Nottinghamshire Police. by placing a red knife amnesty bin at Carlton Fire Station.

This is the first knife amnesty to be held in Nottinghamshire since 2013 - when 278 knives were handed in. Police forces across the country took part in the amnesty, from 17-23 September, with the aim of preventing knives falling into the hands of criminals.

Area Manager Bryn Coleman, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s collaboration lead said: “We are proud to be able to support Nottinghamshire Police and our other partners by hosting an amnesty bin at Carlton fire station. As a Service, one of our core aims is to create safer communities and this knife amnesty gives us an opportunity to do just that – by helping get knives off our streets so we can make Nottinghamshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”

Chief Inspector Donna Lawton, knife crime lead for Nottinghamshire Police, said:  "Our partners at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council (Retford and Worksop), Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council are each supporting the operation by hosting bins at shared sites.

"This partnership approach shows that we are stronger when we work together on this issue which impacts on the communities we all serve.”

The amnesty was also be supported by highlighting other ongoing work the force engages in throughout the year to tackle knife crime, such as area weapons sweeps.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "Knives have no place on the streets of Nottinghamshire and we work tirelessly alongside partner agencies to catch offenders and prevent people becoming involved in knife crime in the first place.

"Nottinghamshire Police has the only dedicated Knife Crime Team outside of the Metropolitan Police and has reintroduced Schools and Early Intervention Officers who visit schools across Nottinghamshire to talk to young people about issues including knife crime. We also use positive, targeted response activity and carry out thorough investigations.

"We are proud to support this national seven-day knife amnesty as part of Operation Sceptre as yet another method of reducing the number of knives that could potentially fall into the wrong hands."

The full list of locations can be found below...

• Broxtowe Shared Services (formerly Beeston Police Station)
• Byron House (Central Police Station/Nottingham City Council)
• Carlton Fire Station 
• Gedling Borough Council Civic Centre in Arnold
• Kirkby-in-Ashfield Partnership Hub
• Mansfield Police Station
• Newark Police Station
• Oxclose Lane Police Station (no front counter service but call the yellow phone outside for access to the amnesty bin)
• Radford Road Police Station
• Retford Police Station
• St Ann's Police Station (no front counter service but call the yellow phone outside for access to the amnesty bin) 
• West Bridgford Police Station/Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre
• Worksop Police Station

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