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Police in Norfolk have announced plans to hold a knife amnesty next week.

The move is part of a co-ordinated campaign, called Operation Sceptre, which aims both to highlight the risks associated with carrying knives and target those who do.

Figures released by Norfolk Police today showed the number of offences involving knives in the county more than halved last year, compared with 2019.

A knife amnesty will be taking place in Norfolk next week.
A knife amnesty will be taking place in Norfolk next week.

But Inspector Ian Cox, from the force, said coronavirus lockdowns had been a factor in the fall from 687 offences in 2019 to 323 in 2020.

He said: “Norfolk does not have a big knife crime problem, but we have had incidents involving knives and we have seen the impact it can have on victims, their families and the wider community.

“It is important that we prevent knife crime from happening in the first place.

“The majority of the public do not carry knives, but I would urge anyone who does carry a knife or a weapon to make a positive change and help stop knife crime.”

Weapons can be surrendered, without fear of prosecution, at any of the county's police stations from Monday, November 15.

However, the force is encouraging people to take them to the public enquiry office in Lynn.

Extra patrols will also be undertaken, as well as checks at shops to ensure weapons are not being sold to under-18s.

A 360 weapons search pole will also be trialled at venues across Norwich's night time economy to search revellers.

Insp Cox said: “If you are caught carrying a knife you will be arrested and prosecuted, regardless of whether you say it was for your own protection or you were carrying it for someone else.

“By carrying a knife you also put yourself in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself.

“There may be people who have knives and don’t how to dispose of them. It’s important that these are handed into police to stop them getting into the wrong hands and to reduce the amount of knives being carried on the streets.

“Every knife surrendered is one less chance of a life being ended or ruined by knife crime.”

Norfolk is one of 44 police forces taking part in the operation nationally.

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