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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 or offensive weapon

Under the Offensive Weapons Act, it is unlawful to possess certain offensive weapons. This includes, but is not limited to, rapid firing rifles and specific types of knives such as flick knives and zombie knives.

When surrendering a knife or offensive weapon:

  • make sure items are wrapped in something such as a towel and carried in a bag to prevent injury
  • consider going in daylight and during office hours when sites are staffed
  • make a specific journey rather than carry an item for longer than necessary
  • check opening hours before taking any large items such as swords, as these will not fit into the surrender bins
Surrender a firearm
Surrender a knife

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

Permanent knife surrender bins are also located at:

  • Bristol Crown Court
  • Bristol Magistrates Court

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