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Coronavirus (COVID-19): the policing response and what you need to know

Report the use of knives and weapons

Knives and guns are offensive weapons and it is illegal to carry, sell, hire or make them available to another person.

If you know someone who frequently carries an offensive weapon, such as a knife, report them:

Immediate danger

Call 999 immediately if there is an ongoing incident involving a weapon.

Surrender a knife

Unwanted knives can be disposed of safely in a surrender bin. Surrender bins are permanently located outside the following police sites:

For more information on knives, visit GOV.UK.


If you find a knife during the COVID-19 outbreak, call 101 so we can send an officer to attend. Do not take the weapon to a surrender bin as this is not deemed essential travel.

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