Thames Valley Police takes part in national knife amnesty – Op Sceptre
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Thames Valley Police is joining police forces across the country by taking part in Operation Sceptre, a national week of action designed to challenge and reduce the threat of knife crime across the Thames Valley.
The knife amnesty will run between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 September, during which members of the public will be able to anonymously dispose of any type of knife or bladed article safely.
The aims of the operation are to remove dangerous weapons from the street, reduce knife crime and raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.
Thames Valley Police has made the decision to stop publicising images of seized knives to help reduce the fear of knives and knife carrying in our local communities.
Knife amnesty bins have been placed at the following 16 police stations:
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: Amersham, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes
BERKSHIRE: Bracknell, Loddon Valley, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough
If you have any information about the possession of knives or criminal activity relating to this type of crime, please report online via our website or call 101.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111
Note to Editors:
Thames Valley Police has made the decision to stop publicising knife imagery in relation to Operation Sceptre, as a result of discussions that have been held at a national level with the NPCC and other forces.
These have focussed on the impact that knife imagery can have on those who see it.
Although no formal guidance has been put in place, the force has decided that it will not publicise images of knives that have been seized throughout this week of action.