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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 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 knifes.

As part of the Government’s commitment to reduce serious violence, keep dangerous weapons off the streets and out of the hands of criminals, they have launched the Offensive Weapons Act surrender and compensation scheme.

This scheme will run for three months from 10 December 2020 to 9 March 2021 and will allow owners to hand in their weapons to the police and claim compensation.

Full details about the scheme, including a list of weapons and a compensation form, can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Surrender a firearm

If you wish to surrender a firearm as part of the Government’s surrender and compensation scheme, please make an appointment at one of these police sites:

Surrender a knife

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

If you wish to surrender a knife as part of the Government’s surrender and compensation scheme, visit GOV.UK for more details.


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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