OVER 60 knives were surrendered in Leamington during a week-long knife awareness campaign.
The ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ week was part of the national campaign known as ‘Operation Sceptre’ where people in Warwickshire were encouraged to surrender their knives anonymously in special bins at police stations.
Those who disposed of knives 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.
Following the campaign officers in Leamington discovered an array of knives including five large ‘zombie’ knives, four hunting knives and a large ornate machete.
Sgt Allison Wiggin said: “We have collected 63 blades in Leamington over the course of the week-long surrender, which is extremely positive.
“I would like to thank the public for handing in their unwanted knives. This campaign demonstrates our continued commitment to ensuring Warwickshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit.”
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 earlier this month.