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24/05/06
Knife Amnesty Starts Today
- Special bins set up to cut back on blade crime

Knife Amnesty Starts TodayTHE KNIVES are out forů knives, the subject of a nationwide amnesty starting today.

In a bid to curtail the growing use of knives in fights, police forces have installed knife-bins in police stations, youth clubs and even churches, in which people can drop their blades, no questions asked.

Recently-sacked Home Secretary Charles Clarke announced the amnesty before he was given the push.

"Tackling knife culture, especially among young people, is paramount to the safety of our communities, and I am determined to reduce the devastation caused by knife crime," he said.

The Metropolitan Police will add the amnesty to its own Operation Blunt campaign, which was launched last year.

"If you carry a knife you are more likely to become a victim of crime and more likely to get a criminal record," said a Met spokesperson.

"Bringing out a knife escalates the scale of violence."



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