MORE than 100 young people in Staffordshire and Cheshire have been caught in possession of a variety of offensive weapons at school.
These include blades, screwdrivers, knuckledusters and even a cosh.
The neighbouring county forces have recently received more than £800,000 from Government cash to help steer young people away from knife crime and serious violence.
The money is going towards training teachers to spot risk factors, provide tailored support for the most vulnerable pupils and early intervention work.
Supt Ricky Fields, from Staffordshire Police, said: “Our recent campaign ‘Ditch the Blade’ was part of the force’s multi-agency partnership approach to tackling serious violence, which includes knife crime.
“Alongside this, Operation Sceptre features a range of crime prevention and activity to educate young people on the dangers and consequences of carrying and using knives.”