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Knife crime: Herts police pledge no prosecutions as part of national amnesty

Hertfordshire Constabulary is joining police forces across the country by taking part in a national knife amnesty next week.

Operation Sceptre will run from Monday to Sunday (Sept 16-22). Members of the public will be able to surrender unwanted knives anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possession.

A similar amnesty in March resulted in 680 knives, swords and other bladed weapons being deposited in bins in Hertfordshire.

The police and crime commissioner for the county, David Lloyd, said: "Hertfordshire remains one of the safest counties in England and Wales. But there's always work to be done to educate the public, and young people in particular, that carrying a knife won't keep you safe and won't be tolerated.

"The amnesty is just one strategy for tackling serious violence. It works alongside giving officers the power of stop and search, intelligence-led operations and the work of our Gangs and Schools team."

Officers will also be carrying out knife detection operations, test purchasing at knife retailers and visiting schools to deliver talks on the dangers of carrying a knife.

Items can be surrendered anonymouslyin the knife bins provided. The locations and opening times of stations can be found at www.herts.police.uk/stations.

There are only three police stations in Hertfordshire with a front counter service – in Stevenage, Hatfield and Watford. Bishop's Stortford's station is one of 18 – along with Hertford, Ware and Buntingford – with a free outside public telephone to the police control room.

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