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Police launch week long knife amnesty in Staffordshire

Police have launched a week long knife amnesty in Staffordshire.

Latest figures show there has been more than 2,500 offences in the last three years across the county.

Special bins have been set up for people to hand in knives that are either illegal or surplus to requirements.

In 2016 the public gave up close to 1,100 knives and crime dropped 18 per-cent.

However the use of knives in all crimes has continued to increase nationally between April 2016 and 2017.

Local Youth Offender Teams in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be engaging with young people to discourage them from carrying and using knives.

Trading Standards will also be educating and inspecting businesses that sell knives to ensure they are doing everything possible to prevent a sale to an under-18.

All knives collected will be given to the British Ironwork Centre for them to use as part of a sculpture they hope will appear on a Trafalgar Square plinth.

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