Hand your knives in
Lancashire Constabulary is supporting a week of action aimed at reducing knife crime.
Operation Sceptre, running from July 17th to 23rd, is a national campaign targeting knife crime and those who carry knives.
While knife crime in Lancashire is no worse than many other parts of the country, police are keen to stress that any incident involving a knife could have tragic consequences and destroy lives.
Chief Insp Mark Baines, of Lancashire Police, said: “Too many families have been affected by knife crime with even one person being stabbed being one too many. The consequences of carrying and using a knife can be devastating and potentially life-threatening.
“I would appeal directly to people that if you know someone who is carrying a knife, don't keep silent. Report it.
“The law is simple - it is illegal to carry a knife, even if it belongs to someone else.
“Anyone who is found carrying a knife and is intending to use it as a weapon – even in self-defence can be arrested, go to court and receive a police record or even a prison sentence of up to four years and an unlimited fine.”
Knife bins are being used at nine police stations in Blackpool, Burnley, Preston, Skelmersdale, Morecambe, Fleetwood, Greenbank Blackburn, Chorley and Colne, during the surrender where people can hand in any knives.
They need to be safely wrapped in tape and newspaper before putting in the bins. If anyone is in possession of a knife and is unsure what to do about it, police urge them to take this opportunity to dispose of it anonymously and safely.
Officers will also continue to carry out test purchase operations to ensure that retailers are not selling knives to people under the age of 18.
Chief Insp Baines added: “Lancashire Constabulary has a zero tolerance policy toward possession of knives in public and we take reports of knife crime very seriously. We will act on all intelligence received in a bid to prevent people losing loved ones and to detain those who intend to commit acts of violence using knives.
“If you have information about the possession of knives or offensive weapons or criminal activity relating to this type of crime, make a report online via the Lancashire Constabulary website.
“You can also anonymously report information to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”