Taking knives off the streets in the Derbyshire Dales

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Police across Derbyshire Dales have been teaming up in support of a countywide initiative to take knives off the streets.

Over recent weeks, Safer Neighbourhood teams across the area and in the High Peak have been searching parks and open spaces for hidden or discarded knives, along with visiting schools and community groups to educate people about the dangers and consequences of carrying a blade.

A Derbsyhire Police spokesman said: “The action comes part of Project Zao – A successful Derbyshire campaign launched in March to help reduce the risk of weapons falling into the wrong hands.

“The six-week event runs until July 3 and during this time, people can deposit knives at secure bins throughout the county.”

As part of the countywide project, Safer Neighbourhood officers have been sweeping hot spot areas for any discarded or hidden knives. This includes the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, Victoria Park Road in Fairfield, and Ashbourne Park, Ashbourne, all with a negative result.

Alongside this, the policing teams have also been visiting schools and community groups on their beats to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying a blade. Presentations have already been delivered at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, St Thomas More Catholic School in Buxton, along with schools and Neighbourhood Watch groups in the Hope Valley.

Retailers in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales have also been pledged to stand up to knife crime by enforcing the message that knives, razors and similar products will not be sold to under-18s.

Knives can be handed in anonymously up to Sunday, July 3 in any of the 13 secure bins that are located across Derbyshire.

For more information about this amnesty, and to find out where your nearest secure bin is, click here