Surrendered knives to be shaped into Trafalgar Square statue

Northants Police has started a knife amnesty
Northants Police has started a knife amnesty
  • Northants Police have launched a month-long amnesty
  • Knives handed into ‘blade bins’ will be melted down to build a statue
  • The Trafalgar Square artwork will remember victims of knife crime

Knives handed into ‘blade bins’ this month will be melted down to create an angel statue to remember victims of deadly knife crime.

The month-long amnesty across Northants gives people the chance to hand in deadly weapons without fear of prosecution.

Superintendent Mick Stamper

Superintendent Mick Stamper

Knives can be dropped into one of several ‘blade bins’ or a scheduled hand-over can be made with a police officer by calling 101. But the haul of knives will then be used as art.

Melted blades will create an angel statue in Trafalgar Square in memory of those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

It is part of national Save A Life campaign and sculptor Alfie Bradley said the statue will ‘show the emotion and pain of using knives’.

Last autumn, a machine gun and 31 shotguns were among more than 200 weapons handed in to Northants Police across a three-week gun amnesty.

Selection of knives

Selection of knives

It was extended by a week due to the huge haul of weapons which included 17 revolvers, 100 knives and a samurai sword.

Superintendent Mick Stamper, head of Northampton Operational Command Unit, said: “The knife amnesty is intended to make our streets safer. In the wrong hands a knife is a deadly weapon.

“The knife bins will enable members of the public to surrender knives safely and anonymously and in turn remove the risk of these weapons being used to hurt people.

“We are also urging that flares or incapacitant sprays are handed in. These are illegal in this country and can cause a great deal of harm.”

Knives can be handed into blade bins

Knives can be handed into blade bins

This week, blade bins are at Tesco in Brackley and at Deanshanger Community Centre, both 1pm until 4pm.