“In September, we will be running another campaign aimed at tackling knife crime and raising awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying knives. This will include a knife surrender that will give people the opportunity to surrender knives at police stations in Shropshire and Telford.
Supt Hill added that statistics have shown that those who carry a knife are more likely to be assaulted.
“All over Europe is dealing with the same problem, Britain shouldn’t be embarrassed about it.”
He said: “We acknowledge, in line with national data, there has been an increase in reported knife crime in the county and we understand the concern this may cause to local people. Almost half of incidents in 2016/17 were personal disputes where offenders and victims were known to each other, often in a domestic setting or part of a drug-related dispute.
But today figures released by West Mercia Police show that the national rise in knife possession and violent attacks is also reflected in Shropshire.