Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Knife amnesty inspires art

THAMES Valley Police ran a knife amnesty this week as part of a national project to create a work of art.

THAMES Valley Police ran a knife amnesty this week as part of a national project to create a work of art.

The force is one of 30 across England and Wales contributing to the project by the British Ironwork Centre, which will use the surrendered weapons to make a sculpture which it is hoped will be displayed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square.

The piece will symbolise the country’s stand against knife crime.

Knife surrender bins have been placed in front counters of police stations across across the Thames Valley, including Henley, until Sunday.

Thames Valley Police said that last year it received reports of 485 crimes in which a bladed or pointed article was used, compared with 496 in 2014, a two per cent reduction.

A spokesman said: “It is important that people understand that carrying a knife makes an individual more likely to be a victim of knife crime themselves.”

Any knives being handed in should be wrapped in cardboard or something similar and secured with tape.

* The front counter at Henley police station is one of 18 out of 34 across the Thames Valley that will be closed from April 1 to save money.



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