Amnesty follows rise in knife robberies

Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough
Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough
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A knife amnesty will be held in Peterborough after the number of robberies involving blades in city streets doubled in the space of a year.

Residents will be able to hand in knives without the fear of prosecution from today (October 1) until the end of the month.

Hayden Snart, who was jailed for knife crimes earlier this year

Hayden Snart, who was jailed for knife crimes earlier this year

Between September 1 last year and September 1 this year, there were 41 robberies in the city involving a knife or bladed instrument. For the same period 2013/14, there were 20.

Detective Inspector Tim Nasta said: “The figures over a whole year are low and you are still very unlucky to be a victim of knife crime in Peterborough, but the rise is concerning. “

Amnesty bins have been placed at Thorpe Wood Police Station, Bridge Street Police Station, and at Bayard Place in Broadway, and will be in place for the whole of October.

All knives collected will be donated to the British Ironwork Centre, in Oswestry, which is running a Surrender a Knife, Save a Life campaign.

DI Nasta said police were working with youngsters to warn them of the dangers of carrying a knife. 
He said: “Knife crime can often involve young offenders and victims, so we are doing work in schools to warn of the dangers.

“Our message is clear, it’s just not worth carrying a knife because it could ruin your life.

“We would also urge any parents who have concerns their child may possess a knife to use this amnesty to speak to them and if one is found to take the opportunity to get rid of it without fear of prosecution.

“If those with knives do not use the amnesty they face a prison sentence of up to four years when they are caught.”

There have been a number of high profile stabbings and knife incidents in the city this year.

In September 19-year-old Hayden Snart was locked up for five years and 11 months after admitting two knife crimes in Peterborough.

The first, a robbery, happened last year when a man was threatened with a blade and had his phone stolen.

In the second, in February this year, a man was critically injured after he was stabbed in a scuffle in Bretton.

On July 31 a man, aged in his 20s, was stabbed in St Mark’s Street near the city centre. A 44-year-old man from Peterborough has been arrested in connection with the incident, and has been given police bail until October 20.

A 42-year-old man was stabbed as he was walking his dog along the Riverbank Pathway in Orton Longueville on May 22.

And in February a man was stabbed in the cathedral grounds during a robbery.

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.