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Incidents where a knife or weapon have been carried or used with the intention to harm is always a concern to us.

Wiltshire Police along with agencies across the County recognise that nationally knife crime is on the rise. In Wiltshire we are already taking steps to ensure that preventing knife crime is a priority across the county.

What you need to know:

Most young people and adults don't carry a knife or weapon, it is not a normal thing to do.

It is illegal to carry a knife or offensive weapon in a public place, except a folding pocket knife that has a blade less than 7.62 (3 inches) without a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include those who need them for work, like fishermen, carpenters or carpet fitters, but this only applies while they are actually at work. Carrying a knife or weapon for self-protection is not a reasonable excuse. It is a crime.

Some people say they carry a knife to protect themselves. If you carry a knife you are much more likely to  find yourself in a situation where that knife is used, and you are more likely to get injured yourself.

Knife crime can affect anyone, not just people in gangs. Innocent people can get caught in the middle of other people's disputes and can end up getting injured or worse. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and increases the chances of taking a risk.

It is illegal for shops to sell knives to anyone under 18 and buying a knife under the age of 18 is an offence. This includes kitchen knives and even cutlery.

Police will take action to reduce knife crime and can - and do - stop and search anyone they think is carrying a weapon.

Please click on the pages below for more information

Knife crime - the facts
What do we mean by an 'offensive weapon'? What knives are illegal? What happens if you are caught with one?
Knife crime - what you can do
What to do if you or someone you know carries a knife
Knife crime - further information
Where to go to find out more
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