More than 50 knives handed in during amnesty

A total of 69 knives were handed in across East Lancashire during the constabulary's fortnight long surrender.
A selection of knives that were handed inA selection of knives that were handed in
A selection of knives that were handed in

The force held the surrender between October 17th and 31st as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime and to remove weapons from Lancashire’s streets.

On top of the 69 in East Lancashire, 30 knives were handed in across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and Skelmersdale. Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde, as well as 41 throughout North Lancashire.

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Among the weapons given up were penknives, machetes, swords, axes, zombie knives, kitchen knives and large blades. Officers will now safely dispose of all of the items that were handed in.

Despite the surrender coming to an end, people can continue to hand in any knife at any police station with a front counter.

Chief Insp. Mark Baines said: “We’ve been delighted with the response from our communities throughout the surrender, and it’s really pleasing to see all of the items passed to us are now in safe hands and can’t cause harm to anyone.

“I would still like to appeal to youngsters that carrying a knife doesn’t offer them protection, and not only is being in possession of a knife in a public place a criminal offence, young people are also more likely to be stabbed and seriously injured with their own weapon.

"We don’t want this to happen to anyone in Lancashire, and you can still hand in a weapon at one of our front counters to dispose of it safely.”