STUDENTS at a college in Reading were made to walk through a knife arch as part of a national effort to raise awareness of knife crime.

A knife arch is a type of metal detector people are required to walk through, to help target knife carriers and seize concealed weapons as part of a national crackdown on knife crime. 

Thames Valley Police installed the arch at Cranbury College, in Cranbury Road, this morning (Monday, November 13). 

Reading Chronicle: Knife arch at Cranbury College.Knife arch at Cranbury College. (Image: Thames Valley Police)

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In a statement released on Facebook, the force said: "Fortunately no knives were found, but we had lots of positive engagement with the students and staff."

The arch was installed temporarily as part of Operation Sceptre, a national week to raise awareness about the dangers of carrying a knife.