This is the number of knives handed over during surrender across Nuneaton and Bedworth

Police have revealed nearly 70 knives were handed over in a surrender across Nuneaton and Bedworth.

As part of a week-long operation, dubbed Operation Scepter, a knife bin was installed at Nuneaton Police Station and mobile bins were also transported throughout the borough.

The Nuneaton and Bedworth Police Safer Neighborhood team revealed that following the operation last week, a total of 67 knives have been returned.

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The team admitted it wasn’t a huge amount, but that means 67 knives can’t fall into the wrong hands.

“It may not seem like a lot, but whether or not one life has been saved, there are still a significant number of knives that are no longer in circulation,” the team said.

The operation, which crossed Warwickshire, was not just about handing over the ferries.

Officers also visited schools to remind the home of the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife and the risks of grooming and exploitation.

A knife crime awareness event was also held at Life Church in Bedworth, which saw nearly 100 people join the audience.

They watched a 45-minute film of collaborations with local police and youth on the effects and consequences of carrying knives, including the devastation on families.

Guest speakers included Christina Gabbitas, Honorary Board Member of the NSPCC, author of children’s books and creator of the No More Knives or County Lines website.

Quinton Milise, a young knife crime mentor, who set up a knife crime victim support service. He spoke about his work and Kirsty Lowrie, a youth host at Nuneaton-based Aspire In Arts, performed an original song.

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