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A FREDDY Krueger-style glove has been handed in to Uxbridge Po­lice sta­tion’s knife bin as part of a knife amnesty .

The ter­ri­fy­ing-look­ing metal glove has four sharp, curved knives at­tached to each fin­ger and ap­pears to be in­spired by the glove worn by the hor­ror movie mur­derer in Night­mare on Elm Street.

The shock­ing weapon was dropped into a knife bin at Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion in War­wick Place.

West Dray­ton Po­lice tweeted “There are knives and then there is this. Safely dropped off anony­mously in the knife bin in Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion. #noknives”.

The bins play a role in Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s Op­er­a­tion Scep­tre, which was launched in 2015 to tackle knife crime on Lon­don’s streets.

As well as car­ry­ing knife sweeps and us­ing in­tel­li­gence-led stop and search pro­ce­dures, the op­er­a­tion seeks to ed­u­cate young peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar about the re­al­i­ties of knife crime.

The Met Po­lice launched Op­er­a­tion Scep­tre in July 2015 with the aim of re­duc­ing knife crime and the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties af­fected by knife crime across Lon­don.

The launch was de­signed to co­in­cide with new leg­is­la­tion that means that those con­victed of car­ry­ing a knife for the sec­ond time will face a manda­tory cus­to­dial sen­tence.

The drive has re­sulted in more than 500 ar­rests and 400 weapons have been taken off the streets in the lat­est phase alone.

A spokesman for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice pre­vi­ously said: “Op­er­a­tion Scep­tre seeks to tar­get not only those who carry and use knives, but also the sup­ply, ac­cess and im­por­ta­tion of weapons.

“In an ef­fort to take knives off the streets we are work­ing with Word 4 Weapons – a char­ity that has 30 knife sur­ren­der bins lo­cated at var­i­ous sites across Lon­don. There are also bins avail­able at a num­ber of po­lice sta­tions.

“If you have in­for­ma­tion about any­one car­ry­ing or us­ing knives please tell us about it on­line, con­tact your lo­cal po­lice on 101 or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111. In an emer­gency al­ways dial 999.”

A map show­ing the lo­ca­tion of the bins is avail­able on the Met Po­lice web­site .

The ‘glove’ has sharp, curved knives at­tached to each fin­ger

The knife glove (above left and be­low) ap­pears to be in­spired by one used by hor­ror movie vil­lain Freddy Krueger in A Night­mare on Elm Street IM­AGES: HILLING­DON PO­LICE

Robert Englund, who played Freddy Krueger in the Night­mare on Elm Street films, pic­tured out­side the Odeon Le­ices­ter Square in 1992 IMAGE: DAILY MIR­ROR

The knife glove was handed into the knife bin at Hilling­don Po­lice Sta­tion in Uxbridge

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