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8 October 2018, 14:26 | Updated: 8 October 2018, 15:04
A huge haul of potentially lethal weapons have been recovered in Bedfordshire.
On Friday (5 October), officers from Bedfordshire Police's crime reduction team emptied six bins and recovered a total of 897 weapons, including knives, an air rifle and an air pistol.
It's after a week-long operation dedicated to tackle knife crime, Operation Sceptre, with weapons sweeps, education projects in schools and targeted patrols.
Sergeant Ben Dimmock said:
"Although this seems like an alarming number of weapons, it's incredibly positive that people are using our weapons bins. By disposing of knives and other weapons in our secure bins, these harmful instruments can't fall into the wrong hands and be used in crime.
We have weapons bins around the county and we'd encourage people to utilise them, as they're the safest way to dispose of knives. We know there are still too many knives on the streets.
By carrying one you risk a prison sentence if you use it against someone, you risk taking someone's life if you stab them and they succumb to their injuries, and if you carry a knife you are more likely to become a victim of crime or injured yourself. Our message to young people is to bin the blade, and any other weapons, before it's too late."
The force has weapons bins across the county at the following locations: