AN ARRAY of knives have been handed into Accrington police station in the first week of a national blitz on blades.
The country-wide amnesty was launched last week after a spate of stabbings hit the headlines and so far 19 weapons have been handed in to police in Hyndburn.
The knives, which include kitchen knives, non-domestic knives and a flick knife, have all been left in designated secure bins in the borough's police stations.
Inspector Terry Woods said the number of knives handed over so far was encouraging, adding: "While we do not have a knife culture in Accrington, it is very pleasing to see that people are taking this amnesty seriously and are taking advantage of the opportunity to get rid of their knives safely.
"I would encourage anyone who may carry a knife to hand it in and help us make our streets safer."
The amnesty is being run as part of Operation Summer Nights, Lancashire Constabulary's summer campaign to reduce crime and disorder, which this year focuses on criminal damage.
Between January 2003 and December 2005 nearly 20 per cent of all knife crime in Lancashire involved criminal damage.
Knives can be handed in directly to any police officer in the borough or brought into any police station.
They must be wrapped in cardboard before being transported or handed in.
All knives can be handed in anonymously - officers won't ask for any details - and weapons will not be routinely forensically tested unless officers receive specific intelligence to suggest that they have been used in a crime.