A record number of knives have been surrendered in Herts during a week-long amnesty.
Police are urging residents across Hertfordshire to surrender any unwanted knives anonymously, without risk of prosecution.
Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has welcomed £14.9m extra funding for Herts police - most of which will come from increasing taxes.
The 'significant threat' posed by serious crime has prompted Hertfordshire's police and crime commissioner to consider increasing council tax.
Children at a David Lloyd's kids' club in Stevenage have filled 50 shoeboxes with small gifts to give to people less fortunate this Christmas.