North Wales Police have issued a shocking image of a knife that was brandished in front of an officer this weekend, demonstrating the dangers that police officers face in the line of duty and also emphasising the importance of taking as many knives off the streets as possible, during this week’s knife amnesty.
Thankfully no one was hurt during the incident and one male was taken into custody. North Wales Police are aiming to reduce crime and the number of families affected by knife-crime during the week-long knife surrender which starts on Monday, 12th February.
Operation Spectre, a Home Office supported national campaign which encourages people to think twice before carrying a knife, will also see licensed premises being issued with knife-detection wands by North Wales Police.
Sergeant Tecwyn Green, Co-ordinator for the campaign on behalf of North Wales Police said: “Carrying knives is totally and utterly unacceptable and we hope that introducing these wands will not only act as a deterrent, but they’ll also reassure people who are planning an enjoyable night out.”
“Knives are dangerous and there is no place for them on the streets of North Wales. Using a knife can have devastating consequences, as we have seen over the recent year, and I hope that by constantly stressing the dangers of knife crime we are getting the message across, particularly to our young people. I would urge people to educate themselves, speak to their children and family members and prevent the repeat of any such tragedies.”
During the last national surrender, which was held in November 2017, a total of 428 knives were handed in at police stations across North Wales. The previous amnesty, held in July 2017 saw 380 items being handed in.
North Wales Police will act on all information reported regarding knife crime. Anyone with information can call North Wales Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
During the campaign people can hand in their unwanted knives in special amnesty disposal bins which will be placed in police stations in Wrexham, Mold, Rhyl, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Bangor, Caernarfon and Holyhead.
Photo: North Wales Police