Knife surrender bins have popped up in Southampton and Eastleigh this week as the police’s operation to tackle knife crime across the county kicked off.

Throughout the week of action, forces will 'coordinate activity which targets knife crime from the root cause right through to enforcement'.

Named Operation Sceptre, it will focus on tackling and disrupting the importation and supply of knives, particularly the growing accessibility of dangerous knives which can be purchased online.

Commander Stephen Clayman, National Police Chiefs’ Council knife crime lead said the force has grown “increasingly concerned” on the wide range of knives which can be purchased online and while age verification is required for purchases, there is little requirement for additional checks to be made.

He said: “We know there have been several murders in recent years where the knives used have been purchased online and we are also aware that some individuals are buying large quantities and selling them on through social media sites like TikTok and Telegram."

Inspector Sarah Nicholson, lead for knife crime for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, said Operation Sceptre will include all the 'usual operational tactics' including education in schools, engaging with the community, knife surrender bins, weapons sweeps and hot spot patrols.

However, police are also looking to build a 'comprehensive picture of online retailers across the country' which will help inform their engagement moving forward.

She said: “Our approach has also been significantly strengthened with the proposed legislative changes which are being progressed to reduce the availability of certain types of machetes and to increase policing powers to seize knives.

"These offer additional robust measures to deal with those who seek to use knives for violence. Ultimately, when used appropriately, they provide a greater means to protect the public and safeguard our communities.

“Every day as police officers we see first-hand the devastating effects of these deadly weapons on the lives of individuals, particularly young people and we must always look at what action can be taken to restrict the supply chain and prevent access to knives that are used for violence, intimidation and harm.”

Here is a list of the surrender bins in the area.


  • Hedge End Police Station – Monday to Friday during office hours
  • Hathaway Close Police Station – Monday to Friday during office hours
  • Eastleigh Police Station – Monday to Friday during office hours

Fareham and Gosport:

  • Fareham Quay Street front office – Monday to Saturday at 8am to 8pm, and Sunday 9am to 5pm (closed 2pm to 2.45pm)
  • Gosport front office – Tuesday 9am to 4pm (closed 12pm - 1pm), Thursday 9am to 4pm (closed 12pm - 1pm), Saturday 9am to 3.30pm (closed 12pm - 1pm)


  • Portswood Police Station, Totton (cycle shed) office hours
  • Southampton Central Police Station – Mon to Fri during office hours