Over 300 blades including swords and machetes surrendered in Hertfordshire over week of police action against knife crime

Hundreds of knives were surrendered in the county last week.

Thursday, 26th May 2022, 11:30 am

Hertfordshire Police received more than 300 knives during its latest Operation Sceptre knife amnesty week.

310 knives were surrendered in the county, which included swords, hunting knives, machetes and a range of pocket and kitchen knives.

The week of action against knife crime started last Monday (May 16) to reduce the number of illegal weapons in Hertfordshire.

Sign up to our daily Hemel Today newsletter

The police received more than 300 knives during its knife amnesty week.

Inspector Nicola Dean, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit, led the campaign.

Read More

Read More
Jail for man who kidnapped and raped a teenage girl in Hemel Hempstead

She said: “There is always a great response from local residents during our weeks of action and we always get lots of positive feedback from all the young people we speak to as part of our activities.”

Inspector Dean added: “The Prevention First approach we take in Hertfordshire means that we ensure that everybody understands the consequences and the penalties associated with knife crime. By working with local schools, colleges, charities and councils, we steer young people towards positive life choices”

Knife sweeps were carried out in locations in the county, including Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead.

Police officers held engagement events for young people in schools and public areas to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife. They also made visits to shops to make sure they are adhering to laws regarding knife sales to those under 18.

The Constabulary‘s Gangs and Schools team regularly organise activities, including live streamed events online, to raise awareness amongst young people of the dangers of getting involved with knife crime and gangs.