1. ITV Report

Police ask parents to check children's bags after knife amnesty campaign


Around 500 knives have been handed in by members of the public during an amnesty campaign by Wiltshire Police.

To keep children safe and aware, the force are now asking parents to make sure they know what their children have in their possession, and know the consequences of being armed.

Weapons handed in during the campaign included a martial arts axe, kitchen knives, machetes and lock knives.

People could drop their unwanted knives into special amnesty bins located at stations in Swindon, Marlborough, Melksham, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury.

In March 2017, Jordan Taylor was killed after suffering stab wounds in Wiltshire.

It was the last death in Wiltshire caused by a single blade.

The 25-year-old's mother says her son is 'proof' of the danger of carrying knives.

Jordan Taylor was stabbed in Trowbridge in March 2017

I'd say to anybody that knows anybody carrying a knife, to report it immediately. They could save two lives by doing so. It needs to be reported and its the right thing to do."

– Emma Caley-Taylor, Jordan's mother
A selection of weapons handed in during the amnesty campaign

It's important that parents realised that not all children carry knives but that they should be very much aware of what their children have in their rucksacks and what they're taking to school. It doesn't hurt just to have a quick look every once in a while to make sure that their children are safe and not taking anything they shouldn't."

– Sgt David Tippets, Wiltshire Police
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