POLICE are appealing directly to residents to hand in their weapons during a knife amnesty.

From Monday, August 25, Lancashire Constabulary is launching a five-week knife amnesty, with residents urged to consider the potentially life-threatening consequences of carrying a knife.

There will be special amnesty bins at 10 designated police stations, including Chorley, and anyone will be able to anonymously dispose of a weapon, whether it belongs to them, a friend or a relative.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “If anyone is in possession of a knife and is unsure what to do about it, I would urge them to take this opportunity to dispose of it anonymously and safely.”

The amnesty bins will be accessible 24-hours a day and have been funded by money seized from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Any knives or offensive weapons which are too large for the amnesty bins can be handed in at the front counters at the designated police stations, and residents are asked to ensure the knives are wrapped in newspaper before they are dropped in the bins or handed in.

The amnesty runs from 8am on Monday, August 25 until 8am on Monday, September 29.