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More than 200 knives handed in during police surrender

More than 200 knives were handed in to West Mercia Police Credit: BPM Media

More than 200 knives were handed in to West Mercia Police during a week-long knife surrender campaign.

Knife surrender bins were placed at police stations in Worcester, Kidderminster, Redditch, Hereford, Telford and Shrewsbury.

The knife surrender was part of Operation Sceptre - a national week aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of knife crime.

As part of this, police teams also carried out activities during the week including community roadshows, community weapon sweeps and work with local schools.

During the week West Mercia Police also launched its knife crime strategy 'Calling Time on Knife Crime' after a pilot in Telford that saw more than 100 young people identified as being on the periphery of knife crime.

The police also say that half of those identified have since taken part in a workshop with police, paramedics, an ex-gang member, youth support services and voluntary organisations to receive help, support and guidance.

Knife surrender bins were placed at police stations in Worcester, Kidderminster, Redditch, Hereford, Telford and Shrewsbury. Credit: West Mercia Police

The counties we cover are some of the safest and knife crime is relatively low, however, one stabbing is one too many and it is important we carry out work to prevent it from happening in the first place.

We know if someone carries a knife they are more likely to be stabbed which is one of the reasons why we need to stop young people from carrying knives. I’m really pleased with the work that has been carried out in Telford, in partnership with other agencies, to identify and support young people who are on the periphery of knife crime and I am pleased we’re now in a position to extend that work right across our Force area.

Working in partnership with local authorities, health, education and voluntary organisations is a key aspect of our Calling Time on Knife Crime strategy as well as working with local communities to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife.

– Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans

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