The national knife amnesty has been hailed a success by Home Office ministers.
A total of 89,864 knives were handed in to police in the five-week period from May 24 until June 30. To follow up the amnesty, the Home Office is providing £500,000 to forces across England and Wales to fund high-visibility police patrols in knife-crime hot spots and weapons awareness programmes in schools.
Home Office minister Vernon Coaker said: "I am delighted that so many knives have been taken out of circulation. I want to send out a strong message that carrying a knife without a legitimate reason is both dangerous and illegal."