OFFICERS visited Netherwood Academy yesterday to help educate pupils about knife safety.

The visit was part of operation sceptre which aims to prevent teens and young people from carrying knives.

Amnesty bins have been set up across the borough this week to help people dispose of any unwanted blades.

Officers from Barnsley South East Neighbourhood Policing Team spoke to students about the operation, and how being caught with a knife can change their life.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Carrying a knife can land you up to four years in prison even if you don't use it.

“The law has now changed. Whilst it has always been an offence to carry a bladed article in a public place, it is now an offence to possess certain items such as knuckledusters, throwing stars and zombie knives, even in private.”

To find out where knife amnesty bins are, click here.