A month-long knife amnesty – where people can hand over their lethal weapons to the police voluntarily and anonymously – has taken more than 300 blades off the streets of Southampton.
The knife amnesty format guarantees that people can dispose of their illegal knives securely in designated bins without fear of prosecution.
Overall, more than 303 blades were handed in, including machetes, samurai swords and flick knives.
The amnesty came in the wake of six city stabbings in the last two years and was run as part of Operation Fortress; the two-year campaign to tackle drug-related violence and crime in Southampton.
The operation is one year into its term and has already made 217 arrests, charged 71 people as well as seized £132,000 worth of drugs and approximately £98,000 in cash.
Chief Inspector Kelly Whiting said this on the amnesty:
I’m encouraged by the response to our knife amnesty. Any blade taken off the streets is one less blade that could be used to harm someone.
If you know someone who carries a knife to cause harm, let us know and we can ensure it’s removed from the streets.
Anyone with information about knives can call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.