From today (11th March 2019), knife surrender bins will be placed in six main stations across Gwent to reduce, and help to prevent, weapons on our streets.
This week’s action is part of a wider national campaign Operation Sceptre which aims to educate people about the dangers associated with using and carrying knives.
Members of the public will be able to deposit knives in secure bins throughout Gwent at the following stations:
– Newport Central
– Ebbw Vale
Please ensure the blade is wrapped before depositing it by using cardboard, bubble wrap or something similar.
As well as the knife surrender, officers will also be increasing the use of their stop and search powers by actively stopping and targeting those acting suspiciously on our streets.
Superintendent Glyn Fernquest said, “We are always happy to give our support to this national campaign. Crimes involving knives area rare in Gwent, but this surrender shows that we take positive action to try and prevent offences by removing them before any harm is caused. I hope this surrender is an opportunity to cleanse our streets of these weapons. If you know a friend or family member who carries a knife or any bladed weapon, urge them to surrender it in one of our bins. Every knife handed in is one less that can potentially be used on the streets of Gwent.”
If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives, please contact us by calling 101, direct messaging us on Facebook or Twitter, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.