In January, the Gloucestershire Constabulary launched a Knife Surrender campaign to try and help reduce the amount of knife crime in Gloucestershire. Unfortunately the battle is still continuing to get dangerous weapons off our streets.
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Battle continues to get dangerous weapons off Gloucester streets
During the Easter break, a man was stabbed in Gloucester while walking home from a night out. A group of three men asked the victim for a cigarette and when he didn’t reply the group attacked him and ran away. Thankfully, the victim only suffered a small wound and has now been discharged from hospital.
This attack comes just a month after the knife surrender campaign ended in Gloucester. The campaign which was set up by the Gloucestershire Constabulary was launched to invite those who carry dangerous items to deposit them in the safety boxes at local police stations. Over 300 blades were anonymously handed in from across the county but unfortunately it seems that the problems are far from over.
Recently, local police found a Samurai sword in amongst a pile of rubbish in Cheltenham, sparking fears among the community. Police have advised that it was most likely a decorative piece in someone’s home and they are keeping it stored safely. Since the discovery of the sword, Gloucestershire has been prompted to continue with its fight against knife crime in the county.
A police spokesperson said “We’re not running the knife surrender at the moment, but anyone who does have a knife that they are worried about and wishes to dispose of it can still call us and arrange to drop it off at a police station.”