Nearly 50 weapons handed in to Hatfield police

PUBLISHED: 10:24 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:14 31 October 2016

Knives handed in during Hertfordshire knife amnesty

Knives handed in during Hertfordshire knife amnesty

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Nearly 50 knives were handed in to police in Hatfield during a national knife amnesty.

Hertfordshire Constabulary took part in a national knife amnesty between October 17 and 23, receiving a good haul of unwanted knives and other potential weapons.

The amnesty was part of a campaign being run across the country to reduce the number of illegal knives in circulation.

During the amnesty 48 potential weapons were deposited in the knife bins at the police station in Hatfield, 28 items in Stevenage and 79 in Watford.

The items handed in included a saw, crowbar, meat cleaver and a number of combat style knives.

Officers also ran a series of test purchase operations in the county, using police cadets who tried to buy knives from 30 retailers in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and Stevenage. The underage cadets managed to buy knives at eight of these premises.

Inspector Ian Grout, who led the Hertfordshire amnesty, said: “The amnesty has been very successful and helped to spread the message that carrying knives in public could lead to being arrested or be dangerous for those who carry them.

“There is very little knife crime in Hertfordshire, but it is important to continue to ensure that knives are not being carried around on the streets and that they are not getting into the hands of minors.

“We will be speaking with the businesses that sold knives to our cadets and will be regularly checking up on all knife outlets to make sure they are observing the law.”

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