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64 bladed weapons surrendered at start of week-long amnesty

Two samurai swords and a cleaver handed in


Appeal lasts until Monday September 24


Photograph of swords surrendered during the 2017 amnesty  Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Swords surrendered during the 2017 amnesty
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Hertfordshire Constabulary is reporting a positive start to this year's knife amnesty with almost half last year's total of items having been surrendered in the designated police station bins in the first two days.

At Hatfield, 29 bladed weapons, including two samurai swords and a cleaver, have been handed in, while in Watford, around 20 mainly kitchen knives have been deposited. In Stevenage, 15 knives have been handed in so far.

Surrender unwanted knives anonymously


Photograph of some of the knives surrendered during the 2017 amnesty Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Some of the knives surrendered during the 2017 amnesty
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary is taking part in a national knife crime campaign, Operation Sceptre, which aims to rid the UK’s streets of knives.

As part of the campaign a knife amnesty is running in Hertfordshire until Monday, September 24, during which members of the public can surrender any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possession of these items.

Photograph of some of the knives surrendered during the 2017 amnesty Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Some of the kitchen knives surrendered during the 2017 amnesty
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

In 2017, a similar knife amnesty resulted in 144 knives being deposited in special collection bins at police stations in Hatfield (48), Stevenage (53) and Watford (43). According to police, the items surrendered last year included swords, military knives, knuckle dusters, and a large amount of kitchen knives.

Officers have been providing updates via the Twitter feed for @HertsPolice.




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