A POLICE knife amnesty will target anyone who carries a blade next week as they are urged to surrender any weapons.

Thames Valley Police is staging the knife amnesty from March 11 to 17 to target knife crime.

A 16-year-old was jailed yesterday after brutally slashing a man with a 12-inch knife in Cowley during a gang-related robbery.

It follows a surge in attacks in the county including the on-going investigation into a double stabbing in Southfield Road, East Oxford, last month.

The force has said it will put out knife surrender bins in police stations across the county as part of Operation Sceptre.

It hopes by offering a way for people to hand over any blades it will help cull knife crime in the county.

All knives are surrendered anonymously, with no names taken.

A previous knife amnesty by the police saw a sword, scissors and meat cleaver handed in to police stations in Oxfordshire.

READ AGAIN: More than 100 knives surrendered in police amnesty

The week-long amnesty collected more than 100 knives which were surrendered by people across the county.

The Oxford neighbourhood police team shared an image of the knives handed over to Abingdon Police Station on their Twitter page including scores of kitchen knives, a cleaver and multiple swords.

There was also another 30 blades surrendered to police at Banbury Police Station.

Other locations that will take part in next week's knife amnesty include police stations in Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, Oxford, and Witney.