Machete and samurai swords among 332 deadly knives handed over to GMP

  • GMP launched its #BinTheBlade campaign last month
  • over 300 deadly weapons were turned over over the week-long surrender

Samurai swords, kukri knives and even a machete were among the haul of weapons dropped off by residents.

The surrender, which took place 21–27 November, saw 332 weapons handed in at police stations across Greater Manchester.

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Samurai swords among the haul of deadly weapons

The anonymous surrender was supported by Rhian Jones, the mother of Dominic Doyle who was tragically stabbed to death aged just 21 on a night out in Tameside.

The knives will now be donated to the British Ironworks Centre, who will melt them down and transform into a statue in memory to those that have lost their life to knife crime.

Chief inspector Debbie Dooley said: “We’re pleased so many people took the opportunity to safely dispose of their bladed items and would like to thank the community for helping us to reduce knife crime and make the streets safer, which will ultimately save lives.”

Deputy PCC Jim Battle said: “There has been a fantastic response from the public to this campaign and I want to say thank you. Your support has led to the surrender of more than 300 knives, taking them out of circulation and putting them into safe hands.”

To report a crime, call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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