Swords and knuckle dusters among weapons handed in during Herts Police knife amnesty

PUBLISHED: 10:12 21 February 2018

Weapons handed in during Herts Police's knife amnesty in Hatfield. Picture: Herts Police.

Weapons handed in during Herts Police's knife amnesty in Hatfield. Picture: Herts Police.

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Nearly 50 weapons were handed in at Hatfield police station during the force's knife amnesty initiative.

Hertfordshire Constabulary took part in the nationwide drive last week, which was designed to reduce the number of illegal knives in circulation.

Overall 144 weapons were handed over in Hatfield (48), Stevenage (53) and Watford (43), which included swords, military knives, knuckle dusters and a large amount of kitchen knives.

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.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said that although knife crime locally was low, the amnesty provided officers with the chance to raise awareness of the problem.

He added: “We are working on longer-term plans to educate young people in the county about the dangers of knives and making sure anyone caught carrying a knife will be arrested.”

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