Police have launched a week-long knife surrender campaign in a bid to get more blades off the streets and out of dangerous hands.
A knife bin has been set up at Kidderminster Station as part of a force-wide campaign, called Save A Life, Surrender A Knife. It runs until September 24th. Anyone can use the bin to anonymously surrender a knife or other bladed item.
Local police will also be taking visible action throughout the week to raise awareness of the risks of carrying blades, particularly targeting young people.
Just last month three people suffered stab injuries during an altercation at Kidderminster railway station in Comberton Hill. All three suffered injuries but none were life threatening.
A surrender campaign last October resulted in 60 potentially fatal knives and bladed items being handed in to police in Kidderminster, including vicious “zombie knives” and swords.
The aims of the operation are to remove dangerous weapons from the street, reduce knife crime and raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.
Anyone caught carrying a knife could face arrest and prosecution, which could lead to ruined job or study prospects, restricted travel, and potentially a prison sentence. Police are urging people to “make the right choice”.
If you wish to report knives in circulation that could end up being used in crime or that are being naively carried for so-called protection, you can pass on information via 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 .