Hundreds of knives have been surrendered in Hertfordshire, including 44 in Watford, 450 in Hertsmere and eight in Three Rivers, during the latest Operation Sceptre week of action against knife crime, which concluded on Sunday July 19.
A knife amnesty began on Monday, July 13, and was part of the week of action to reduce the number of illegal knives in circulation.
Due to an increase in knife-related incidents across the country over recent years, regular knife amnesties are being carried out, which provide a great opportunity to raise awareness and give advice about the risks of carrying a knife in public.
During the amnesty 720 knives were surrendered across the county which included swords, hunting knives, scalpels and a variety of kitchen knives and cleavers.
Police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “Every blade that has been handed in means there is one less out on the streets with the potential to cause serious injury.
“Knife crime does remain very low in Hertfordshire, but it understandably spreads significant concern through the community.
The area with the most knives surrendered was in Hertsmere, with 450, whilst there were 44 in Watford, 169 in Hatfield, 28 in Stevenage, 21 in Waltham Cross and eight in Three Rivers.