A LARGE knife has been found after police in Longbridge conducted a weapons search.

Officers from the Longbridge neighbourhood team conducted a weapon sweep behind Morrisons in Rubery.

A large knife was found by officers, hidden near a tree.

They shared the image online with the hashtag #anotherknifeoffthestreets.

The Advertiser reported in October that knife crime in West Mercia has risen by 30 per cent since last year, according to figures.

The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, show that reported incidents involving knives increased from 444 to 578 between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

According to the ONS, this works out as 43 incidents involving knives per 100,000 in the general population, putting West Mercia number 28 out of 43 areas in the country.