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Operation Sceptre: Knife Amnesty

August 16th 2021, 7:41 pm by Arran Hodges

NWP Wrexham Town are holding a knife amnesty week starting today.

During the week, you can safely dispose of any offensive weapons in amnesty bins at either Wrexham Town Police Station or Llay Police Station. It is now an offense to possess in private, including your home, items such as flick knives, knuckledusters and telescopic truncheons.

The move comes as part of Operation Sceptre, which aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, that carry weapons. Knife crime is any crime that involves a knife, whether it is used or not. For example;

  • Carrying a knife
  • Threatening someone with a knife
  • Intending to hurt someone with a knife
  • Using a knife to injure or kill someone
  • Thieves carrying knives during a robbery or burglary
  • The involvement of a knife or knives in gang-related offences
  • Someone under 18 trying to buy a knife

North Wales Police have promoted knife amnesties as part of Operation Sceptre before, notably earlier this year in April. As part of that promotion, Sergeant Darren Kane, who is the co-ordinator for the operation for North Wales said:

“Whilst the vast majority of people don't carry knives or get involved with knife crime, we are working hard, with partner agencies, to tackle knife crime offences that do occur and help prevent them from happening in the first place.
“Knives are dangerous and there is no place for them on the streets of north Wales. Carrying knives or other weapons do not keep you safe. By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself.
“We also want to raise awareness that even carrying a knife in a public place can result in a maximum prison sentence of four years, depending on the circumstances, and there is a minimum sentence of six months if you are found carrying one more than once.
“Getting a criminal record can affect the rest of your life, from job prospects to travelling to certain countries.”

If you are worried about someone you know carrying a knife, want to talk to someone about knife crime or ask advice please call 101 - always call 999 in an emergency such as when a crime is in progress and/or someone is in immediate danger.