Samurai swords and knives handed in at Northampton weapons amnesty after two women injured in shooting

L-R: PC Tom Hill, PC Lewis Dickins, PC Emily Cadman and PC Sophie Duffrey hosted the amnesty on Friday evening in Thorplands following the shooting.
L-R: PC Tom Hill, PC Lewis Dickins, PC Emily Cadman and PC Sophie Duffrey hosted the amnesty on Friday evening in Thorplands following the shooting.

Three samurai swords and six "bladed articles" have been handed in at a knife amnesty in Northampton following a shooting.

Since the shooting in South Holme Court in Thorplands on Friday, November 17 - when two women received minor injuries and were taken to hospital - members of the Northampton North East Policing Team conducted a knife surrender in a bid to make our streets safer.

As part of the conditions of the amnesty, anyone who has handed in a knife and bladed item on the day will not face criminal repercussions at a later date if the weapon has been involved in a crime.

At the knife amnesty held outside shops in Farmfield Court, PC Tom Hill said: "There is an overall amnesty called Operation Sceptre, which is a knife crime amnesty. But this [amnesty] is in response to the incident, which happened on November 17, in Thorplands."

He said that he is often left stunned by the type of weapon handed in.

"Sadly these are they types of things we see people carrying on the streets quite regularly. So we want people to hand them in and help reduce harm around the area so there is fewer weapons on the streets.

"Some people might be shocked to see us standing here but sadly because of the amount of incidents we come across we have to do it and help increase awareness about it.

"We just see the same kinds of weapons, all kinds of different knives - some are more shocking than others. We have seen zombie knives that some people have handed in. They are slightly more lethal with a serrated blade, and is only to cause injury or harm - when we have had them handed in it's been shocking.

"Today, it's just a few kitchen knives and samurai swords."

The knives will be disposed of by the property team at a Northamptonshire police station.