Samurai swords and meat cleaver handed in at Hatfield knife amnesty

PUBLISHED: 10:46 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:46 20 September 2018

The knife haul resulting from an earlier amnesty in February 2018. Picture: Herts Police.

The knife haul resulting from an earlier amnesty in February 2018. Picture: Herts Police.

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Blades of all kinds have been handed in so far to the police amnesty, which aims to rid our streets of knives.

Herts police are organising the initiative as part of a national knife crime campaign, Operation Sceptre.

During the amnesty members of the public can surrender any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for having them.

As of today (September 20), more than 60 items had been surrendered in bins at Hatfield, Stevenage and Watford police stations.

At Hatfield, 29 bladed weapons, including two samurai swords and a cleaver, had been handed in, whilst in Watford around 20 blades, mainly kitchen knives, were deposited.

In Stevenage, 15 knives have been handed in so far.

The amnesty is ongoing until Monday, September 24 so there is still time to take advantage of it.

As well as handing knives in to police stations, you can also call 101 and arrange for an officer to collect it from your home.

Inspector Andrew Palfreyman from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction and Community Safety Team said: “I encourage people to take this opportunity to safely get rid of unwanted or illegal knives and bladed weapons, at the designated Hertfordshire police stations between now and the end of the Operation Sceptre knife amnesty.

“Together we can #StopKnifeCrime”.

To find out the opening times and locations of the participating police stations, see www.herts.police.uk/policestations.

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