More than 2,000 weapons have been recovered from the county’s 11 weapons bins since they were last emptied in May, which is the second highest total recovered over a six-month period by Bedfordshire Police in five years.
Detective Chief Inspector Katie Dounias from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This was clearly a horribly violent attack which has resulted in a young man losing his life and a teenage boy now spending life behind bars.
“This is another sad and futile waste of life which has ruined at least two young men’s lives and will doubtless cause pain, trauma and sadness for countless more.
“I hope today’s hearing brings some sense of justice for Ashish and his family and allows them to grieve. I know they are determined to drive change and challenge any sort of attitude that thinks carrying a knife is acceptable.
“While we remain clear on our zero tolerance approach to knife crime, we know that the reasons a young person may choose to arm themselves with a knife can be complex.
“Whatever the reasons, we want to encourage people to reach out for help and support. A better path is out there, and it is imperative that we get this message out to our young people to stop any future tragedies like this from happening.”