Knives: Crime

Home Office written question – answered at on 25 February 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Co Chair, British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has undertaken a recent assessment of the (a) impact of amnesty bins on helping to prevent knife crime and (b) potential merits of increasing the number of those bins in the London Borough of Havering.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

The deployment of knife amnesty bins is a decision for local police forces.

The Government continues to encourage police forces to undertake a series of coordinated national weeks of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. The operation includes targeted stop and searches, weapon sweeps of hotspot areas, surrender of knives, including through amnesty bins, test purchases of knives from retailers, and educational events.

The latest phase of the operation took place between 15 to 21 November 2021.

Nationally officers seized 936 knives and 8703 were either surrendered or found in sweeps.

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