POLICE have seized180 knives, swords and other prohibited weapons in a week of activity to tackle knife crime.

Between December 2- 5, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) coordinated a crackdown on knife crime with police officers from North Wales, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside.

More than 100 cease and desist letters were issued across the North West. The notices aim to educate potential buyers of illegal knives and discourage further offending.

The action follows a month of activity where specialist officers intercepted parcels containing knives and weapons, illegal in the UK.

Officers from the ROCU’s Regional Disruption Team (DT), which specialise in disrupting organised crime networks, worked with the six North West Police Forces alongside Border Force, Royal Mail and other partner agencies to help reduce the number of illegal weapons being imported into the North West from overseas.

Detective Superintendent Ryan Davies from the North West ROCU said: “Thanks to this intelligence-led, co-ordinated operation a significant number of knives and weapons have been seized and won’t make it to the streets of our region, where they can cause serious harm.

“This operation is a powerful example of how collaborative working is making a difference in the fight against serious and organised crime in the North West.”

“Be warned, anyone who is thinking about buying knives or weapons either online or by any other means from overseas.

"You are committing an offence by bringing them into the country. You face the full force of the law if you do so.”