MEMBERS of the public have been urged to rid themselves of unwanted or illegal blades as part of a national knife crime initiative.

This week, North Wales Police will be joining police forces up and down the country to support ‘Operation Sceptre’ – a week-long national campaign aimed at tackling knife crime.

Coordinated by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) the scheme brings all 43 police forces and British Transport Police together for a coordinated period of intensification to tackle knife crime, a large contributor to violent crime in the UK.

As part of the operation, which runs from May 15 to 21, people are being encouraged to leave unwanted knives in amnesty bins at police station front counters.

Amnesty Bins:

Unwanted knives can be disposed of in special amnesty bins which are permanently placed at the following police station front counters here:

  • Wrexham
  • Mold
  • Rhyl
  • Llandudno
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Bangor
  • Caernarfon
  • Holyhead
  • Amnesty bins will also be located at Mochdre, Abergele, Rhyl, Denbigh and Ruthin Recycling Centres for safe disposal of knives.

Inspector Geraint Richards of North Wales Police said: “We must ensure that we are doing everything we can to reinforce the message that carrying a knife is unacceptable and that no good can come from carrying one.

“Every incident involving a knife has consequences for all those involved, and so this is an issue we take extremely seriously.

“We take a robust approach to anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article on the streets and I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to rid yourselves of any unwanted or illegal weapons by taking them to our knife amnesty bins which are located at our police station front counters.

“Knives are dangerous and there is no place for them on the streets of North Wales. Carrying knives or other weapons do not keep you safe. 

"By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself.

Inspector Richards said retailers have an important role to play in tackling knife crime by ensuring that knives are not falling into the wrong hands. 

He added officers will be visiting local retail stores to “knowledge check” staff regarding the sales of knives and the ‘Challenge 25 ID’ approach.

A large part of the police’s work is out in communities and schools; educating young people on the impact that knives can have not just on individuals, but on families and communities through education programmes such as SchoolBeat. 

Inspector Richards added: “We are also asking parents, guardians and extended family members, to talk to young family members about knife crime as you can play a vital role in preventing them from becoming involved. 

"We advise you try and talk to them openly about the dangers, as well as the life-changing consequences that come from carrying a knife."

If you have concerns about someone you know or care about, who is carrying or hiding a knife, call the Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or the Fearless campaign website

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Changes to legislation brought about by the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 means that it is now an offence to possess certain items such as knuckledusters, throwing stars and zombie knives, even in private.

Other sections of the act include an updated definition of flick knives to reflect changes in weapon designs, and the banning of private possession of flick knives and gravity knives.