An amnesty bin for weapons has been set up in Hexham as part of an initiative to crack down on knife crime.

The bin, which is one of seven placed at police stations across the region, is part of Operation Sceptre, a week-long campaign aimed at preventing knife-related violence.

Northumbria Police officers are encouraging members of the public to dispose of knives and similar sharp objects in the bin.

Northumbria Police’s knife crime lead, Chief Superintendent Joanne Park-Simmons, said: "As a Force, we sadly know all too well the utter devastation that knife crime can cause, not only to the victims and their families but also the loved ones and friends of those who carry out such violence.

"Operation Sceptre is a great opportunity for us to carry out enhanced activity in this area, targeting offenders, getting weapons out of circulation and educating young people on why they should under no circumstances be carrying knives."

The campaign, which started on Monday, May 13, will run until Sunday, May 19.

It will feature various activities such as targeted patrols, searches, executing of warrants and work with partner organisations at transport hubs across the region to seize any harmful weapons.

In addition, educational talks will be given at various schools across the area, focusing on the dangers of carrying knives.

Trading Standards teams will also ensure that retailers are adhering to the proper policies regarding the sale of sharp objects.

Chief Supt Park-Simmons said: "We are also calling on the public to help us by playing their part.

"If you do have concerns about someone in possession of a knife, don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can take the appropriate action or alternatively get in touch with Crimestoppers.

"And we’d urge parents and carers to have those difficult conversations with youngsters about the huge dangers of carrying knives.

"Together, we can keep our region safe and further reduce knife crime incidents in our communities."

The amnesty bin, which can be found at Hexham station, will remain in place until Sunday, May 19.