OVER 40 knives were surrendered in Stratford during a week-long knife awareness campaign.
The Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife week was part of the national Operation Sceptre campaign, where people in Warwickshire were encouraged to surrender their knives anonymously in special bins at police stations.
Sgt Bob Shaw from the South Stratford Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Through this campaign we are aiming to change attitudes to carrying knives. The surrendering of these knives shows that the message is getting through.
“Some people want the opportunity to safely and anonymously surrender their knives and this campaign has given them the opportunity to do this. It has taken 44 dangerous weapons off the street.”
Those who handed knives in will not face prosecution for carrying them – but officers will investigate and seek to prosecute if they believe a knife has been used in a crime.
The campaign comes in the wake of spiralling knife-related deaths across the country, including Fidel Glasgow – the grandson of The Specials singer Neville Staple – outside a Coventry nightclub in early September.