POLICE in Redditch have taken to Facebook to show off knives they seized as part of a week of action to prevent knife crime.

Officers had a knife arch in McDonald's on Tuesday as well as the railway station.

The move was part of Operation Sceptre, which aims to increase awareness about the dangers of carrying knives and how the police are keeping them off the streets.

Nationally, incidents involving knives have risen.

These incidents relate heavily to either assaults to cause injury or serious harm or robberies.

Local police have said that the Redditch area does not have a big knife crime problem.

Officers were asking people to step through the arch and speaking to people as well as handing out information leaflets.

Posting the picture on Facebook they said: "These two Stanley blades have just been seized at the knife arch operation at the train station. #opsceptre"