SOUTH Yorkshire Police are taking part in a week of action known as Sceptre in its bid to tackle knife crime.

The week hosted nationally runs until Sunday and will highlight the work officers do every day to combat knife crime offences, showing the methods used to get dangerous individuals off the streets.

During the campaign, police are reminding people about amnesty bins which are safe and anonymous places to hand over knives.

These amnesty bins are in place all year round and are there to provide a place to drop off dangerous or unwanted knives and blades.

Detective Superintendent David Cowley, force lead for violent crime, said: "There are no consequences if weapons are disposed of using one of these bins – I think that's really important to get across.

"We frequently empty these bins and some of the knives we are recovering are alarming, but it is reassuring that these bins are being used and these horrific weapons are being taken off the streets."

An amnesty bin is located at Churchfield Police Station in Barnsley.