Deadly haul to be turned into sculpture

Weapons: Sgt Scott Archer with some of the confiscated knives
Weapons: Sgt Scott Archer with some of the confiscated knives
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Knives handed in during an amnesty in Lancashire are to form part of a giant sculpture.

Lancashire Constabulary has joined forces with the national anti-knife crime campaign “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife”.

Since the amnesty began at the end of August, more than 800 knives have been handed in across the county – including swords, machetes and commando knives.

The amnesty was extended for a further week owing to its success.

Lancashire officers have now given their backing to a national initiative designed to raise awareness of knife crime and encourage the surrender of dangerous weapons.

The Oswestry-based British Ironwork Centre, which is coordinating the project, intends to use the collected knives to create a 20-ft high guardian angel sculpture in memory of those whose lives have so tragically been lost.

The location has not yet been decided.

Despite the amnesty ending this week, police say people can continue to hand in any knife at any police station with a front counter as well being able to drop them into the designated bins.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Dowson said: “We are keen to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime and to reduce the number of families affected so we have decided to keep the knife bins indefinitely.”

In total, 340 knives have been handed in across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and Skelmersdale. Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

North Lancashire has seen a total of 150 weapons handed in.

Clive Knowles, Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, said: “The statue, which will represent the culmination of our project, will symbolise the nation’s stand against knife crime. We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Lancashire Police.”