Police 'encouraged' after knife crime operation sees nearly 200 blades surrendered

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 May 2017

198 knives were deposited to Avon and Somerset Constabulary after a 10-day operation.

198 knives were deposited to Avon and Somerset Constabulary after a 10-day operation.

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Almost 200 potentially deadly knives were surrendered to Avon and Somerset Constabulary after the force ran a 10-day campaign to reduce the number of weapons on the streets.

The force said it was ‘encouraged’ after 198 blades were deposited in bins at police stations and community hubs – including a bin located at Weston’s Alliance Homes drop-in centre.

The total surrendered is nearly four times greater than the amount received when the police ran a similar operation in October last year.

Force lead for knife crime chief inspector Zoe Chegwyn said: “We’re really encouraged with the number of knives which have been surrendered. Every knife surrendered is one less knife on the street.

“The surrender bins were just one of a number of actions we took that week to try to reduce the dreadful impact knives can have.

“We also continue our work in schools with young people, educating them on the dangers of carrying knives.”

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