NEARLY 100 knives were surrendered to Warwickshire Police during a week-long campaign.
During the national Operation Sceptre knife awareness initiative, people across the county were able to dispose of knives anonymously at police stations in Rugby, Leamington and Nuneaton – or hand them over to Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the county.
A total of 90 knives were surrendered – 50 in Warwick and Stratford, 30 in Rugby and 10 in North Warwickshire.
it represents a slight increase on the force’s last knife surrender campaign in 2019, when 83 blades were handed in.
Warwickshire officers also took part in over 25 tactical operations focusing on knife crime prevention and education as well as targeted operations alongside partner agencies.
Nationally a total of 7,500 knives were surrendered, seized or recovered from weapon sweeps.
Spt Mike Smith said: “We are pleased that people have taken the opportunity to dispose of knives. Any one of these could potentially have found their way to the streets with devastating consequences.
“This was just one week of activity and we will continue to do everything we can to tackle knife crime. If anyone has concerns about someone carrying a knife then please get in touch, it could save a life.”
Those concerned about knife crime in their area should get in touch with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team, or to report someone carrying a knife, call police on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.