Initiative to get knives off the streets in Stevenage

FOLLOWING the success of a benefit gig in Stevenage last month to raise awareness of the dangers young people face by carrying knives, knife deposit bins are being placed at locations in the town.The gig, called Lives Not Knives, was held at Bowes Lyon C

FOLLOWING the success of a benefit gig in Stevenage last month to raise awareness of the dangers young people face by carrying knives, knife deposit bins are being placed at locations in the town.

The gig, called Lives Not Knives, was held at Bowes Lyon Centre in St George's Way.

Sgt Jim Moatt from the Stevenage Neighbourhood Team said: "Stevenage is a safe place to live and the numbers of teenagers carrying knives is not a huge problem.

"However, one incident involving a knife is one incident too many. We refuse to be complacent about this issue and we are committed to ensuring those in the minority who do carry knives think about the serious consequences they face of illegally carrying a knife.


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"We hope people will use the deposit bins to safely discard knives. Rather than protecting yourself, the knife could be used against you. Bin it instead and help us to keep knives out of Hertfordshire."

The safe deposit bins are in Stevenage Police Station and Bowes Lyon Centre. People putting knives in them are asked to ensure they are wrapped in cardboard and secured with tape.

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