Street knife numbers cut as amnesty pulls them in

Amnesty: Sgt Scott Archer with some of the hundreds of knives handed in to police

Amnesty: Sgt Scott Archer with some of the hundreds of knives handed in to police

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This fearsome weapon has been taken off the streets in the most successful knife amnesty Lancashire has ever seen.

The menacing homemade blade is one of 420 handed in to police in just over three weeks in an operation aimed at ridding the county of illegal arms.

Lancashire Knife Amnesty knives recovered and on display at Preston Police Station Sgt Scott Archer

Lancashire Knife Amnesty knives recovered and on display at Preston Police Station Sgt Scott Archer

Officers admit they have been shocked by the large numbers of knives, daggers, swords and machetes deposited anonymously in special bins at 10 police stations across Lancashire.

The appeal has been so successful that it will now be extended until the end of the month – and possibly beyond that.

“I didn’t think we would get as many as we have,” said Sgt Scott Archer as he showed off the frightening array of weaponry at Preston Police Station.

“We have had some pretty vicious-looking blades handed in. Removing one knife that could kill is a success, but to take 420 off the streets is tremendous.”

More than half of the haul has come from the police district covering Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and Skelmersdale. A further 120 have come from Blackpool, Fylde, North Lancashire and Wyre. The remaining 75 have been handed in at stations in East Lancashire.

Det Insp Warren Atkinson said: “We’ve been really pleased with the response so far, but we want to take even more knives of Lancashire’s streets.

“A significant number of weapons, which are capable of doing serious damage, have already been handed in, which shows it was the right thing to do this amnesty. Who knows what could have happened if these knives had remained on Lancashire’s streets?”

The amnesty is scheduled to end on September 29.