15/12/2006

Minister welcomes knife amnesty

Criminal Justice Minister, David Hanson has welcomed the news that another 600 potentially lethal weapons have been taken off the streets of Northern Ireland during the second knife amnesty which ended on Monday December 11.

David Hanson said: “I am very pleased that the public has again taken the opportunity to dispose of knives during the second amnesty. That now means that 1500 potentially deadly weapons are out of circulation thanks to these campaigns.

“The amnesty has also raised awareness of the dangers of illegally carrying knives in public and I would again urge those who do so to stop. You are committing a crime and will face the full rigours of the law.

“Last month I announced new laws to combat knife crime and to make it more difficult to purchase a knife. I am also currently considering further measures after a recent consultation of the law on knives and will make an announcement on this in the New Year.”

(EF)

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