Stab victim’s mother inspires successful knife appeal
Monday 9th January 2017 @ 10:19 by Nigel P.
Denton & Audenshaw News

A knife amnesty campaign supported by tragic Denton stabbing victim, Dominic Doyle’s mother, appears to have really hit home with an incredible 332 bladed weapons surrendered to police.

The amnesty, which took place over a period of just a week in late November last year, produced a vast array of potentially lethal weapons handed in at police stations across Greater Manchester.

Amongst some of the more deadly to be surrendered were Samurai swords, kukri knives and a machete handed in to police by residents.

The campaign was supported by Rhian Jones, the mother of 21 years old Dominic Doyle, who was tragically stabbed to death on a night out in Tameside.

The knives will become a lasting memorial to Dominic and other stabbing victims, as they will melted down and crafted into a statue commemorating victims of knife crime by the British Ironworks Centre.

Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley said: “During this one week alone, more than 300 knives were surrendered by members of the public, meaning there are fewer weapons on the streets that could potentially fall into the wrong hands.

“We’re pleased so many people took the opportunity to safely dispose of their bladed items and would like to thank the community for helping us to reduce knife crime and make the streets safer, which will ultimately save lives.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle also praised the results of the campaign saying: “There has been a fantastic response from the public to this campaign and I want to say thank you. Your support has led to the surrender of more than 300 knives, taking them out of circulation and putting them into safe hands.”

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