More than 200 knives have been surrendered at police stations in Hertfordshire during an amnesty to help tackle knife crime.

The week-long knife amnesty in November was part of a week of action by Hertfordshire police to reduce the number of illegal knives in circulation.

A total of 204 knives were surrendered - including 72 in Stevenage and 50 in Hatfield - ranging from swords and machetes to hunting knives and a variety of pocket and kitchen knives.

Herts police said regular knife amnesties are being carried out due to an increase in concerns about knife crime across the county in recent years.

During this latest campaign, other activities included engagement events with young people in schools and public areas, and visits to retailers to ensure they are adhering to laws regarding knife sales to those under 18. Knife detection operations, including covert and high visibility patrols and knife sweeps, were also conducted across the county.

Inspector Emma Bilsdon, who led the campaign, said: “The Prevention First approach we take in Hertfordshire means we ensure everybody understands the consequences and penalties associated with knife crime.

"By working with schools, colleges, charities and councils, we steer young people towards positive life choices. We help them understand the dangers knives pose, as well as ensure knives are not readily available, whether online, in shops or passed around in the community.”