Devon knife amnesty after stab crime 'spike'

A 10-day knife amnesty has started in south Devon after police reported a "spike" in knife-related crime.

Devon and Cornwall Police said there had been an increase in "knife related incidents" including three stabbings in the Torbay area over Christmas.

Knife surrender bins have been placed in Torquay and Newton Abbot police stations with people able to leave weapons anonymously, the force said.

The amnesty will run during police station opening hours until 29 January.

'Safe area'

Det Con Sarah Briggs said: "It doesn't sound like a great deal [number of incidents] and in the grand scheme it isn't, however, it is a really safe area of the world and we want to keep it that way."

She said the force had found there to be increase in knife-related incidents every few years and had found previous amnesties to be "successful and beneficial".

Det Con Briggs said as part of the amnesty officers would also be talking to Safer Communities Torbay, Youth Offending Teams and schools.

"The aim is to get as many knives off the street, there is a trend with young people to carry knives and they don't understand the risks so we're trying to get information out there."

Knives should be wrapped in cardboard and secured with tape before being taken to the police stations and deposited, the force said.

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