As part of a nationally run campaign, Operation Sceptre provides a snapshot of some of the valuable work already being done across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire between police, partners, and the local community to tackle this issue and keep people safe.
A range of proactive policing and public engagement work, focusing on educating people, especially young people, about the consequences of knife carrying, will be undertaken.
The recently updated 2019 Offensive Weapons Act makes it illegal to possess dangerous weapons in private, including knuckledusters, zombie knives and death star knives.
It is illegal to:
Carry a knife in public without good reason - unless it's a knife with a folding blade three inches long (7.62cm) or less, e.g. a Swiss Army knife
Carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
Use any knife in a threatening way
Sell a knife to anyone under 18 unless it's a knife with a folding blade three inches long (7.62cm) or less, e.g. a Swiss Army knife
Forever knife amnesty bins
We have recently introduced Forever Amnesty bins, providing members of the public the chance to dispose of any knives anonymously with no questions asked. These bins are available year-round and are located at the following police stations:
Radford Road Police Station, NG7 5GX
Mansfield Police Station, NG18 2HQ
Newark Police Station, Newark NG24 1LJ
At Nottinghamshire Police we work closely with our partner agencies and local community engagement suppliers to provide a cohesive approach to tackling knife crime.
Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information about crime - 100% anonymously.
The VRU, which is based at Loxley House in Nottingham, is a partnership that brings together specialists from local government, public health, education, policing and criminal justice to work with communities and the third sector to reduce serious violence by understanding and tackling its underlying causes. The VRU is involved in a wide range of projects aimed at reducing violent crime and helping to divert people away from crime.
HashtagNG is an independent online youth network and resource for young people and their families in Nottingham city and county. It addresses the growing pressure amongst some young people to become involved in violent crime.
How can I report?
We need people to keep giving us information about knife crime in their areas so we can help keep them safe.
We all need to work together to combat knife crime and we'd urge anyone with information on knife crime in their local community to report it online or call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.