405 knives & blades handed in during Dorset amnesty

A wide variety of blades were surrendered to police including Samurai-style swords

More than 400 knives and blades have been surrendered by their owners in Dorset after a police amnesty lasting for four days in September.

The knife amnesty was part of a Home Office initiative titled 'Operation Sceptre'. Members of the public were encouraged to hand over knives in an attempt to reduce the amount of knife crime across the country.

In Dorset items handed in at police enquiry offices in Poole, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Blandford included hunting knives, Samurai-style swords, rapiers and sword sticks, kitchen knives and cleavers.

Although the Amnesty only lasted for four days between 18th - 21st September, the public can continue to ask for advice about knives and blades. Dorset Police's enquiry offices can offer tips and guidance about blades/ knives and firearms - how to dispose of them and answer queries about transporting the items safely.