This week, 11 March 2019, is the National Campaign of knife awareness, enforcement and activity.
In addition to Leicestershire Police's established #LivesNotKnives campaign, officers are conducting a week of knife crime action targeting those carrying weapons and disrupting the supply of knives available to use.
Activity across the Neighbourhood Policing and Priority Response teams will undertake targeted intelligence led patrols through this time and use their stop and search powers where appropriate.
Members of the public will be able to hand over unwanted knives at Wigston Police Station (as well as Mansfield House, Spinney Hill, and Market Harborough Police Stations) throughout this week into 'knife amnesty' bins.
The Police's knife arch will be at undisclosed locations to target those carrying knives.
Officers will also be visting schools, raising awareness and seeking support to help higlight the message that carrying a knife can have potentially deadly consequences.
The operation sits alongside on-going partnership work to prevent knife crime across the force and the #LivesNotKnives campaign.
Every community can be affected by knife crime and so Oadby & Wigston Borough Council fully supports this campaign.
For more knife crime resources, or advice for those carrying a knife or those who know someone who does, Leicestershire Police has collated a wealth of information on the link available below.
Last updated: Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:40 am