A week-long knife amnesty run by Staffordshire Police has seen 700 blades removed from the county's streets.
Around 100 knives and bladed weapon came from Burton and were handed in during the amnesty week running from Monday, July 10 and Sunday, July 16.
The police-led scheme encouraged people to come forward and hand in knives and other bladed weapons in special bins at police stations across the county. The idea behind the amnesty is to allow police officers to work to cut knife crime and educate people about the dangers of carrying blades.
Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, head of policing and operations at Staffordshire Police, has applauded the efforts from people in the region in getting weapons off the streets.
Chief Supt Jones said: “Thanks to the support we have had from local partners, we have been able to educate more people about the harm knives can cause and discourage them from making the poor choice to carry one.
“This kind of activity is critical in preventing the horrendous consequences of knife crime and we hope that this message has landed across the county.
“I am really encouraged by the willingness of people to give up their knives and I am sure that this is a campaign that we will repeat in the future in our efforts to continue to reduce harm.”
Alongside collecting knives, the amnesty was run to give officers who visited schools the chance to discourage younger people from thinking about carrying a knife. Police officers delivered sessions to children about the possible impact of knife use.
The force also set up a dedicated Facebook campaign, which reached more than 120,000 users, and sent letters to almost every secondary school in the county to help alert parents to the dangers of knives and educate them on how to keep them secure in the family home.
As part of the initiative businesses were reminded that selling a blade to someone under 18 is illegal.