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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
Knife amnesty nets 1,600 weapons
A knife amnesty has resulted in 1,600 bladed weapons being handed to police in the West Midlands.

The One Knife, One Life campaign was launched by West Midlands Police on 27 March this year, with surrender bins positioned across the region.

Supt Gordon Scobbie praised those who had handed in weapons and said it was important to highlight the dangers of carrying knives.

"This can only make our communities safer," he said.

"We thank everyone who has heeded our message and taken positive action by handing in a knife. Your actions may well have saved a life."

He said officers would visit all schools in the area to highlight the dangers of carrying knives.

"We and our partners are rolling out an innovative education resource across the region to ensure that all 11 to 16-year-olds are made aware of the dangers and put in a position where they can at least make an informed decision for themselves."

The knife amnesty continues until the end of June.

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