Possession of a knife in a public place

Alert message sent 11/03/2022 11:56:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

Possession of knives and offensive weapons encourages violence and can lead to serious injury and death, as well as facilitating other criminal offences. It is, therefore, an offence to carry a knife or offensive weapon in a public place, even if the person carrying it claims they are not intending to use it.

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. If you injure someone or use a knife to commit crime, the penalties could increase.

Police do carry out knife amnesties periodically where people can hand in their knives to designated locations.

Contact 101 if you need any further information on where you can safely dispose of knives.

Always call 999 in an emergency.
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Jayne Winfield (Staffordshire Police, PCSO, East Staffordshire)

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