As part of Op Sceptre fortnight – Wiltshire Polices knife crime prevention initiative and knife amnesty – they are spotlighting people who’s lives have been affected by knife crime, and that includes the officers.

Sgt David Tippetts was one of the first officers on the scene of a fatal stabbing at Evelyn House, Park North, Swindon on 12 May 2015.

Swindon mum Alison Connelly died after being stabbed once in the chest.

Charice and Amberstasia Gassman were later found guilty of her murder.

David said:  “I’d only just started working in Swindon when this tragic incident happened.  I arrived and was just amazed how quickly the paramedics worked to try and save the life of this poor woman.

“It was all a blur in one way but one thing that sticks in my mind is how little blood there was at the scene – this was a fatal stabbing but only a few drops of blood were evident.  This shows that a really serious injury can appear quite innocuous when it’s not – and in this case it killed an innocent woman.

“The weapon was a screwdriver but it’s a bladed article as far as the police is concerned and in this case it did as much damage as a knife.

“At the end of day our message is the same – if you pick up a knife or any bladed weapon with the intention of harming someone you could be facing an attempted murder or even a murder charge.

“If you have a weapon in your hand, pick up a knife in anger or have one in your possession then the punishment is right up the scale of seriousness when it comes to the law.  You will go to prison.”

The knife amnesty, which runs until this Sunday (30 September), gives people the chance to dispose of knives and weapons by simply taking them to one of these locations and dropping them in to a special amnesty bin.

During the period of the amnesty those handing in knives and weapons will not face prosecution for possession of a knife or weapon and can remain anonymous.

Their amnesty bins are available at six specified police stations across the county:

Swindon’s Gablecross Police Station

Marlborough Police Station

Melksham Police Station

Chippenham’s Monkton Park

Trowbridge Police Station

and the Temporary Police Station at the rear of Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury.

Anyone handing in a knife or weapon during the amnesty is advised to check the opening times of their station by visiting the Wiltshire Police website or calling 101.

If you have information about someone who carries a knife or is involved knife crimes please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Information can also be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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