A nationwide knives amnesty will be held between 24 May and 30 June, backed up by a tough police enforcement campaign to drive home the message that carrying knives is not acceptable.
Rosie Cooper endorsed the drive to tackle knife crime and violence in West Lancashireand across the UK.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This knife amnesty is about to creating safer streets throughout West Lancashire. Previous amnesties like this have already taken deadly weapons off the streets."
“Often those who carry a knife or dangerous weapon mistakenly believe they are protecting themselves and have no intention of becoming a murderer – but coupled with drink or drugs these weapons all too often lead to bloodshed."
"Please to do the right thing for your community, stop carrying knives and hand any you have over to the police. Remember this is a chance for you to come clean - but it is only for a limited time.”
The amnesty will target those who carry knives and offensive weapons. A public campaign supporting the amnesty will urge people to hand in their knives during the five week period, when they will be immune from prosecution for possessing them.