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Swords, machetes and knives handed in during amnesty in Cambridgeshire

Some of the items handed in during the week-long amnesty in Cambridgeshire. Picture: Cambridgeshire police

Some of the items handed in during the week-long amnesty in Cambridgeshire. Picture: Cambridgeshire police

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A knife amnesty in Cambridgeshire has seen nearly 100 bladed items including swords and machetes handed in to the police.

The week-long campaign took place from October 23 and resulted in 90 bladed items being recovered. This included two swords and two machetes. Officers also visited shops to discuss the law surrounding the sale of knives. The Cambridgeshire force has held four knife amnesties in the last year, resulting in 431 knives being recovered.

From July 2016 to June 2017 there were 220 possession of weapons offences in Cambridgeshire. Of these, 117 were in Peterborough, 49 in Cambridge and 12 in Wisbech.

Anyone carrying a knife can face four years in prison and a fine of £5,000. Chief Insp Marcia Pringle said: “Amnesties are part of our ongoing work to tackle knife crime, so it’s great news that we’ve now recovered more than 400 bladed items in the last year.”

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