Four young volunteers from our youth service, Fearless, recently met with Cleveland's Police and Crime Commmissioner to see the result of a recent knife amnesty.
Liam Sykes,13, Kieron Wilson, 13, Harry Smith,15, and Adam Smith, 15, were invited to Cleveland Police Headquarters to learn about what the force had been doing to rid the area of the weapons.
The boys, who are also police cadets, were able to look at some of the 245 blades and sharp items that had been handed in during a two-week surrender campaign.
"The work these young cadets have been involved in has been immensely valuable in spreading our messages amongst young people.
"They gain an insight into how we deal with policing issues and promote our messages amongst their peers about the consequences of being involved in crime."
- Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger.
The items handed in during the amnesty will be given to the British Ironwork Centre, who will melt them down and make a sculpture dedicated to the victims of knife crime.