Knife surrender scheme a success – but scheme is not in force in Weston

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 February 2018

Hundreds of knives have been collected, but there is no surrender bin in North Somerset. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Hundreds of knives have been collected, but there is no surrender bin in North Somerset. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Hundreds of potentially-deadly knives have been surrendered to police in the past 18 months, but not one has been collected in Weston-super-Mare.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has knife surrender bins across the force area, with 679 bladed weapons handed in since October 2016.

Sergeant Mike Vass, who leads the force’s efforts to tackle knife crime, said the bins ‘help support our work to reduce the number of knives on the streets’.

But there is not a single surrender bin in North Somerset, despite the success of the scheme elsewhere.

A police spokesman said: “We haven’t found a safe and secure location to install one, but that does not mean we might not install one in future.

“In the meantime if anyone has a knife and wishes to hand it in, they can take it to their nearest station.

“If anyone has information on anyone carrying or using knives please call 101 or call Crimestoppers. In an emergency always dial 999.”

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