Samurai sword among 40 blades handed in at Hatfield's police station during knife amnesty
PUBLISHED: 10:18 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:28 27 July 2017
A police-organised knife amnesty saw 40 blades handed in at Hatfield's headquarters last week.
Hertfordshire Constabulary took part in the national event, which saw nearly 100 knives surrendered in the county as part of a crackdown on the issue.
Other activities carried out during the campaign included test purchasing operations with cadets to ensure retailers were adhering to laws regarding knife sales to those under 18.
Knife arches were also used to detect concealed knives, and several stop-and-search patrols were also conducted in Watford, East Herts and Broxbourne, resulting in five arrests.
Knives handed in at Hatfield included: two triple-bladed lock knives, one claw knife, butterfly knife, samurai sword, pen knife and knife sharpener, three lock knives, seven ornamental daggers, four hunting/military knives and 19 kitchen knives.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “The amnesty has been a great success and I’m delighted that Hertfordshire has taken part in the campaign to rid the UK’s streets of knives.
“Across the country knife related crime has been on the increase and, although it is still low in Hertfordshire, I think that we all need to play a part in tackling this worrying trend.”