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Kitchen knives dropped into amnesty bins 

 Published on: 26th September 2018   |   By: Rebecca Dundon   |   Category: Uncategorized

More than 60 knives have been handed over to police after a weapons amnesty across Hertfordshire. 

Operation Spectre was launched nationwide after a rise in knife crime in Hertfordshire and the rest of the country.

The campaign encouraged people to hand over their weapons anonymously and without fear of prosecution. 

In Watford, around 20 kitchen knives were left in specially set up bins during the amnesty which ran from Tuesday, September 18 until Monday, September 24.

Other weapons handed in across Hertfordshire include samurai swords and a meat cleaver. 

Knife related crime has been increasing across the country, including Hertfordshire, in recent years and the amnesty is being carried out to support the national campaign to reduce the number of knives in circulation. 

The amnesty also provides an opportunity to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife, and give crime prevention advice and raise awareness amongst local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal.

As part of a wider campaign officers will be carrying out knife detection operations, test purchasing at knife retailers and visiting schools to deliver talks on the dangers of carrying a knife.   

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”. 

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