Bin the blade is the message from Dorset Police who have announced a knife amnesty.

For four days next week, members of the public can dispose of unwanted knives and bladed items at Weymouth and Blandford police stations without fear of prosecution.

Knives of any description can be disposed of including illegal 'zombie' knives, swords, kitchen knives, illegal lock knives, unwanted collectibles, replicas and ceremonial items.

Dorset Police is supporting a national week of action instigated by the Home Office with the aims of combating and raising awareness of knife crime.

The knife amnesty in Dorset runs from Tuesday, September 18 to Friday, September 21.

Superintendent Jared Parkin, Dorset Police knife crime lead, said: “In Dorset knife crime does not reach the levels that are reported in some major metropolitan areas of the country.

“However we are supporting the national knife amnesty as part of our ongoing local approach. Focussing on prevention is key, as any knife taken out of circulation and off the street helps to prevent injuries and deaths.”

He added: “Carrying a knife or bladed article is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous.

“Dorset Police’s message is simple: No good can come of carrying a knife.”

As well as responding to reports of someone carrying a knife, police officers can proactively use their powers to search where information or intelligence indicates it is necessary.

Between January to July 2018, there were 237 crimes where a knife was used to commit an offence. More than 100 searches for knives have been carried out since the beginning of 2018, where a knife was found on 12 occasions, and a further 15 voluntary interviews for possession of a knife.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: ‘’I fully support this initiative and would encourage anyone to take this opportunity to dispose of a knife safely and anonymously.

“Knife crime has a devastating effect on people’s lives and is causing concern for communities locally and nationally. We must take every opportunity to make people aware that carrying a knife can have extremely serious consequences and doing so poses a serious danger to themselves and to others.”

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and carry’s an unlimited fine, with a guaranteed prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once.

Guidance on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons and legitimate reasons for carrying a knife can be found at gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

For opening times of police stations visit dorset.police.uk/contact-us/visit-us/

Knifes can also be deposited at Bournemouth and Poole police stations