‘Fearsome’ weapons flood in during knife amnesty

Sgt Scott Archer with weapons handed in at Preston
Sgt Scott Archer with weapons handed in at Preston
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Hundreds of weapons have already been handed over to police in the first three days of Lancashire’s five-week knife amnesty.

The haul includes swords, flick knives and Rambo-style hunting blades, all of which have been dropped into bins at 10 police stations across the county.

“There are some pretty fearsome looking weapons amongst them,” said Det Insp Warren Atkinson of Preston CID. “We’ve had more than 40 just here at Preston and there are even more at some of the other stations.

“Every knife we take off the streets is one knife less that could be used to hurt someone. You only need to look at what has happened in Preston over the past few days to see the sort of damage that can be caused by these things.”

Teenager Jonjo Highton died after being attacked in St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale on Saturday night. Police say the 18-year-old suffered multiple knife wounds. Seven men, aged between 19 and 27 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“I would like to stress that this amnesty is not as a result of that incident at the weekend, it was planned months ago,” added Det Insp Atkinson. “But the results so far show the sort of worrying weaponry there is out there. One that came in at Preston was a door bolt adapted with a double sided razor blade.

“It’s pleasing that we have had hundreds handed in already and we hope many more people will think about the dangers of possessing knives and surrender them. Unlike the amnesty in 2006 the bins are outside stations and so people can retain their anonymity.”

The 10 stations with knife bins include Preston, Chorley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackburn and Fleetwood.