Over 300 knives placed in amnesty bins across Greater Manchester

Date published: 12 February 2020

Over 300 knives have been given up across Greater Manchester since the start of 2020.

In February, GMP publicised its forever knife amnesty after new knife bins were placed in 10 different locations across Greater Manchester. These replaced temporary amnesty bins that had been in place since the start of the New Year, whilst the permanent bins were in production.

When officers emptied the temporary bins, they found a variety of different knives.

The newly designed bins have now been placed in 10 GMP stations and can be accessed at any time of the day or night to allow anyone to deposit a knife safely and anonymously.

Sgt Paul Nolan of GMP’s Violence Reduction Unit said: “We are sharing the images of knives not to frighten people, but to thank those who have taken the time and effort to bring knives into their local stations.

“The bins are out there to encourage anyone who comes across a knife, in any part of their life, whether it has been obtained through a hobby, such as hunting or fishing or anyone who has previously ordered a knife online and now wants to get rid of it.

“The amnesty is not about secrecy, it’s to allow people to bring a knife to a police station where they can deposit it into a bin. The purpose is to reduce the number of knives on the streets of Greater Manchester and this is proving to be a safe and secure way of doing this.”

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