Nearly 400 weapons handed in during knife amnesty


Weapons including knives, samurai swords and machetes were handed in at police stations across County Durham and Darlington during last week’s Operation Brassen amnesty.

Collection bins were set up in 11 stations for a week across the force area where members of the public could anonymously drop off bladed articles.

In all, 381 weapons were handed in, including 314 knives, 22 swords, 14 machetes and 27 penknives.

Some of the more unusual weapons which were surrendered included two crossbows, a World War OneAmerican army trench knife with knuckleduster, along with what appears to be an ornamental mace.

The weapons will be safely disposed of over the next few days.

Det Ch Insp Paul Gray, from Durham Constabulary, said: “I want to reiterate that County Durham and Darlington is a really safe place to live, but with the support of those members of the public who have handed in these knives, this operation has made it even safer”.


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