A total of 450 knives were surrendered by people in Hertsmere during a Hertfordshire-wide knife amnesty.

Police officers deployed themselves at locations in Borehamwood, Bushey, Potters Bar, Shenley, and Radlett encouraging people to give up unwanted knives.

Officers had knife bins with them and the public were invited to throw away any knives or weapons they may have.

It was part of a week-long operation to reduce knife crime.

In Hertsmere, police deployed themselves 22 times with bins and 450 knives were surrendered.

Borehamwood Times:

Around the county, people could also hand in knives anonymously at police stations in Watford, Hatfield, and Stevenage.

During the week, officers searched parks looking for any weapons that may have been hidden or thrown away.

No weapons were found during searches of Aberford Park in Borehamwood, Moatfield Park in Bushey, and Oakmere Park in Potters Bar.

Borehamwood Times:

Safer neighbourhood team inspector, Rachael Robertson, said: "We are pleased to be able to support this week of activity in Hertsmere. Taking dangerous and unwanted knives from circulation is essential in the fight against knife related crime. But it also sends an important message that carrying knives is not acceptable and will not keep you safe.

"Throughout the week, a total of 450 knives were surrendered which prevents hundreds of potentially dangerous weapons from getting into the wrong hands."