POLICE in Radcliffe have recovered multiple weapons thanks to the local Magnet Fishing Team.

The team discovered 29 knives, a knuckleduster and an improvised throwing star in waterways in the town.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said it has seized the weapons and confirmed they will be destroyed.

Magnet fishing involved lowering a magnet attached to a rope into water to recover metal objects.

The news comes after GMP announced it would be joining forces nationwide in an attempt to tackle knife crime.

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The spokesperson said, “A big thank you to our local Magnet Fishing Team, who have been magnet fishing in the waterways of Radcliffe.

“The team recovered 29 knives, a knuckleduster and an improvised throwing star, which have now been seized and will be destroyed.”

This week, forces across the country will take part in the initiative with aims to highlight the risks and consequences of carrying a knife, as well as undertaking a range of operational activity to target offenders.

This activity will include weapon sweeps, visits to habitual knife carriers and visits to retailers who sell knives to ensure they are compliant with the relevant legislation.