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Derby knife amnesty 'not enough', says former bouncer

A collection of knives handed in to police in Derbyshire as part of a knife amnesty
Image caption Former bouncer Carl Moore was stabbed in the abdomen with a hunting knife in 2009

A stabbing victim has said a new knife amnesty in Derby will not cut crime.

The month-long initiative will see collection bins put outside police stations in the city.

Former bouncer Carl Moore, who was attacked at work, said tougher sentences were the best way to tackle the problem.

The police said such amnesties - one in 2009 collected more than 200 knives - were only one of the tactics they used to cut weapon crime.

Mr Moore said: "Knife amnesties don't work as far as I'm concerned - if they did we wouldn't be doing it now.

'Better sentences'

"There is just not enough being done out there on knife crime," he said.

"I know it's not the police's fault, it's the justice system - they've got to have better sentences than the ones they are dishing out."

Supt Gary Parkin, from Derbyshire Police, said the force also did a lot of work with licensed premises.

"I do understand that amnesties do not work on their own but we do constantly use other tactics to try and combat knife crime," he said.

He added if the amnesty saved one person it had to be a good thing.

Knife bins are available at St Mary's Wharf, Cotton Lane and the Market Place police stations.

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