THIRTY knives were surrendered in Rugby during a week-long knife awareness campaign.
The Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife week was part of the national Operation Sceptre campaign, where people in Warwickshire were encouraged to surrender their knives anonymously in special bins at police stations.
Two further bins were taken to youth clubs and public open spaces by members of Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Sgt Stuart Baker of Rugby Police said: “Getting out with these bins has allowed staff to positively engage with our communities and raise awareness of the campaign and the wider national issues involving knife crime.
“Warwickshire remains a safe place to live, work and travel through, with knife crime levels below that of the national average. That does not mean we are complacent, as every knife surrendered is one less chance of a life being ended or ruined as a consequence of knife crime.”
Those who handed knives in will not face prosecution for carrying them – but officers will investigate and seek to prosecute if they believe a knife has been used in a crime.
The campaign comes in the wake of spiralling knife-related deaths across the country, including Fidel Glasgow – the grandson of The Specials singer Neville Staple – outside a Coventry nightclub in early September.