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Hertfordshire knife amnesty results



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Hertfordshire Constabulary took part in a national knife amnesty between July 17th and 23rd receiving a good haul of unwanted knives and other potential weapons.


The amnesty was part of a national campaign, Operation Sceptre, being run by police forces across the country to reduce the number of illegal knives in circulation. Hertfordshire experiences little knife crime compared with other parts of the country, but the amnesty provided a great opportunity to issue some strong messages and advice about the risks of carrying a knife in public.


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During the amnesty 100 knives were deposited in the bins at police stations in Hatfield (40), Stevenage (12) and Watford (35) which included a fencing sword, samurai sword and a number of hunting and military style knives. Thirteen knives were also surrendered at an event in Waltham Cross on Friday July 21.


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Other activities carried out during the campaign included test purchasing operations with cadets, to ensure retailers were adhering to laws regarding knife sales to those under 18. Knife arches were used to detect concealed knives and several stop and search patrols were also conducted in Watford, East Herts and Broxbourne, resulting in five arrests.


  • A 29 year old man from Watford was arrested  on suspicion of intent to supply Class A drugs at The Parade in Watford on Friday July 21
  • A 23 year old man from Watford was arrested  on suspicion of intent to supply Class B drugs at Albert Road South, Watford on Friday July 21
  • A 17 year old boy from Neasdon was arrested in Watford town centre on Friday July 21 in connection with theft of motor vehicle and robbery offences
  • A30 year old man from was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs (Heroin) on Thursday July 20 in New Street, Watford
  • A 17 year old boy from Watford was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article in Cassiobury Park, Watford on Monday July 17.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “The amnesty has been a great success and I’m delighted that Hertfordshire has taken part in the campaign to rid the UK’s streets of knives. Across the country knife related crime has been on the increase and, although it is still low in Hertfordshire, I think that we all need to play a part in tackling this worrying trend.”


Detective Superintendent for the Local Policing Command, Kay Lancaster, said: “We have had very positive reactions to the amnesty and collected some knives which definitely should not be in circulation.


“Whilst knife related crime in Hertfordshire is low, the amnesty provides a great opportunity for us to remind everyone that it’s not acceptable to carry a knife in public. Knives do not make people safe, in fact you are more likely to be injured or arrested if you carry one.” -