Call for province-wide knife amnesty

There has been a call for a knife amnesty.

ROBIN Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member and his Party’s Westminster candidate for the area, has written to the PSNI Chief Constable to ask him to implement a Province-wide knife amnesty. 

Assemblyman Swann said: “As a community, we do not want to see stabbing culture develop in Northern Ireland as is happening in mainland Britain. I have written to the Chief Constable to ask him to combat knife crime by establishing a knife amnesty across the whole Province.

“This would be similar to the week-long knife amnesty which begins next week across Greater Manchester. This is an opportunity for people to get rid of knives they possess completely anonymously.

“I strongly believe that if such an amnesty was introduced by the PSNI in our Province, it would take a lot of dangerous weapons out of circulation.

“If elected, I want to give the police the proper powers and opportunities to make Northern Ireland a safer place in which to live and work. We certainly do not want to see a knife culture erupt in the Province.

“A knife amnesty would also allow the community to play its part in making our country much safer,” said Assemblyman Swann.

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