Wednesday 11 Sep 2019
Wrexham town station will be among the places across the region to have amnesty bins so that knives can be disposed of safely as part of Operation Sceptre, a national campaign to reduce knife crime between September 16 and 22.
Although Wrexham does not have the scale of knife crime witnessed in other parts of the country, the issue is on the rise nationally and it is important the public realise that work is being done to educate people about the consequences of carrying knives and that the police will put such offenders before the courts.
Detective Inspector Tecwyn Green, who is coordinating the anti-knife crime campaign in North Wales, said; “To coincide with the national campaign, our school liaison officers are attending primary and secondary schools throughout North Wales making presentations on knife crime as part of the All Wales Schools Programme.”
Wrexham Town Inspector Vic Powell said; “Although we occasionally have incidents in the town in which offenders arm themselves with knives, often associated with drug crime, Wrexham is a safe place.”
“We have officers on the ground and engage daily with young people and others and thankfully the possession and use of weapons is not common place Wrexham.”
“I’d like to reassure residents and businesses that we are taking positive steps to tackle the issue and I would encourage people to make use of Operation Sceptre and dispose of bladed items, making Wrexham safer for them and the community at large.”
Amnesty bins will also be placed at a number of recycling centres for people who do not feel comfortable attending a police station.