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Police hail Operation Spectre success as almost 250 blades handed over in Hampshire

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A WEEK of action to challenge knife crime saw nearly 250 blades handed in to Hampshire police.

Operation Spectre, which ran across the county and the Isle of Wight from 16th-22nd May, set up 13 amnesty bins at police stations to take unwanted knives off the streets.

Sixty-eight stop and searches were carried out and 12 arrests made, as well as visits to schools by officers to educate students of the sometimes fatal consequences of carrying weapons.

Items handed in during a previous amnesty
Items handed in during a previous amnesty

Test purchase operations were also run in stores to check age compliance with the sale of knives.

Of the 25 stores, there was a 98% pass rate, with one being reported for summons due to it being a second fail.

Donna Jones, Hampshire police and crime commissioner, said the number of knives handed in was "encouraging".

She added: "Fewer knives on our streets means less chance of people being seriously injured or killed.

"The number of young people carrying knives across the UK over the last five years has increased and that is why tackling the culture of knife carrying, especially in young people, is one of the top priorities."

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