Think twice before carrying a knife
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- Face a four year prison sentence.
- Get a criminal record.
- Ruin you employment prospects.
- Be excluded from education.
- Be banned from travelling to some countries, including the United States.
Superintendent Mike Smith said: “Before you take the decision to carry a knife think about the consequences. These are just the consequences to you; the biggest consequence could come if you decide to use the knife and someone ends up getting seriously hurt or worse.
“People who carry knives make a conscious decision to do so. There is no excuse and no defence in court if you use it to commit a crime.”
On Monday, 26 April, the force launched a week long knife surrender initiative aimed at making Warwickshire’s streets safer by encouraging people to hand their weapons in anonymously at a police station.
Knife bins are located at the following police stations:
- Leamington Spa
Anyone can surrender a knife at one of these bins until Sunday, 2 May.
People surrendering knives will not be required to leave any information but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime they will examine it for evidence.
Possession of a knife carries can carry a prison sentence of up to four years. If you stab someone and they die you face a life sentence serving a minimum of 25 years.