AN amnesty for knife disposal is being set up throughout Cumbria as part of a national campaign. 

Cumbria Constabulary is backing Op Sceptre which will run from November 13. 

The week-long operation hopes to lessen knife-related offenses, both by offering an amnesty as well as educational community outreach initiatives.

A sweep of amnesty bins will be available across police stations in North, South, and West Cumbria, including Carlisle, Barrow, Kendal, Whitehaven, and Workington.

These bins provide individuals with a means of discarding knives anonymously, as a step toward eliminating potentially hazardous weapons from the streets.

Officers will be going into schools to help educate young people regarding the potentially disastrous consequences resulting from carrying a knife, whilst neighbourhood policing team officers will be carrying out test purchasing operations to ensure retailers are not selling knives to children.

Chief Inspector Steve Hunter said: “Whilst the opportunity to dispose of knives grabs the most attention, Operation Sceptre week is not just about enforcement activity - it is also about education and a wider awareness of knife crime.

“It is incumbent upon us all to speak to our young people about the dangers of carrying a knife.

“Our officers will be going into schools to speak about police experience – from the horrific scenes officers witness when responding to the aftermath of an assault with a knife to witnessing the significant sentences handed down to those who choose to carry a knife in public.

“But the message needs to come not only from the police but all parts of society – starting with the family and parents. Speak to your children today and make sure they know the dangers and that there is no excuse for knife possession," he said. 

Someone in possession of a knife is not only increasing the risk of harm to themselves but could also face a fine of £5,000 and a four-year prison sentence.

For those willing to part with their knives or bladed articles, it’s advised to encase them in a box or heavy bag before transporting them directly to the chosen donated station.

In case of any concerns regarding someone carrying a knife or for advice, contact police, report anonymously via Crimestoppers online or ring 101.

For locals needing guidance on station opening times, visit Cumbria Police’s website.