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Public help in knives appeal

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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  • AMNESTY: Inspector Dave Meredith with a Samurai sword and a Gurkha knife.

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A SAMURAI sword is just one of dozens of potentially deadly weapons cleared from Newquay streets as part of a continuing knife amnesty by the resort's police.

Officers are urging the public to continue handing in their unwanted knives or bladed items at the police station.

The appeal comes after a 48-year-old man was stabbed in the chest last week and left in a serious condition in hospital.

The weapon used in the attack has not yet been found. More than 50 knives have been handed in to Newquay police as part of the project – including the sword and a large Gurkha knife.

Police want to remind people that they can deposit unwanted knives and any other bladed instruments in a secure bin at the front office area of the police station.

Newquay inspector Dave Meredith said every knife and bladed instrument is a potential deadly weapon in the wrong hands.

"Although a knife in a house or garage may seem quite an innocent object, it only takes a moment of madness to turn it into a deadly weapon. Fortunately knife crime is extremely low in Newquay and we have none of the problems associated with larger cities.

"Please help to keep Newquay safe and bring any knives that are not being legitimately used into the police station for safe disposal."

The amnesty at Newquay police station has been running for four months.

Mr Meredith said the project would make Newquay a safer place to live because knives and other potential deadly weapons will have been removed from circulation.

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