Seven shotguns and 188 knives handed over to Humberside Police as part of nationwide amnesty
Humberside Police revealed the large transport of offensive weapons handed to them in May as part of two national arms amnesties.
From May 12 to May 29, Operation Aztec focused on the surrender of firearms. Twelve firearms were turned over to the force, consisting of seven shotguns, four air rifles and a .22 carbine.
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Superintendent Lee Edwards led the amnesty operation for Humberside Police and said: ‘I am really pleased that 188 knives or offensive weapons have been removed from the streets in our area of force. This means they cannot no longer end up in the hands of someone who could use them to harm another person.
“This operation was not just about getting people to surrender their knives and weapons. I am happy to report that 23 community and school events took place, giving officers and PCSOs the opportunity to speak directly their communities and young people about the dangers of knife crime Nearly 400 retailers were also visited to talk about the new legislation around gun ownership.
He added that patrols had also been carried out in known places where the possession of offensive weapons is widespread: “Throughout the operations, we have carried out targeted patrols in areas where we know that there are problems. premises and conducted weapons sweeps and used our knife bow in public spaces.”
As part of Operation Scepter, officers recovered a number of bladed items from the Hull Royal Infirmary. Sickening footage showed the deadly array of weapons that security personnel had seized from members of the public.
It is illegal under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to be in possession of a bladed item in a public place without a “reasonable excuse”. From July 2021, the Home Office announced changes to the law which mean that possession of certain items, even in private, such as zombie knives, shuriken or death stars and brass knuckles constitutes also an offence.
A new legal definition of impact knives, banned since 1959, was also introduced, resulting in the banning of more of these edged weapons. Anyone possessing one of the above offensive weapons can be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 6 months, an unlimited fine, or both.
“I want to thank the public for their support and the officers and staff who worked hard during the operations,” added Supt. Edwards. “I hope they see this as a really positive and direct way to help keep their own communities safe.”