Forty-seven knives were surrendered as police joined an event held in memory of a man who was stabbed to death in 2015.

Police officers from the safer neighbourhood team in Borehamwood attended a football tournament at Boreham Wood FC at the weekend, which was arranged in memory of Josh Hanson.

Mr Hanson, from Kingsbury in North London, was just 21 when he was stabbed in the neck and killed at a bar in Eastcote, Hillingdon, in October 2015.

Borehamwood Times:

Shane O’Brien is on a global list of the world’s most wanted men and is the chief suspect in the unprovoked attack on Mr Hanson.

To coincide with the football tournament, officers in Borehamwood used it as an opportunity to encourage people to surrender weapons while also offering crime prevention advice. The knives handed into a knife deposit bin and were disposed of within three hours.

Hertfordshire Constabulary has been holding knife amnesties across the county and knives were surrendered at police stations in Watford, Hatfield, and Stevenage last month.

Borehamwood Times:

Chief Inspector for Hertsmere, Steve O’Keeffe, said: “We wanted to take part in this event to help mark the tragic death of Josh and support the work of the Josh Hanson Trust. It was also an opportunity for us to speak to young people in the community about knife crime and give them the chance to surrender any knives, they should not have or do not want.

“Josh sadly lost his life in October 2015 as the result of a knife attack, but hopefully this event can help to prevent more young people from becoming involved in knife crime or being victims.”