360 knifes off the streets thanks to Operation Sceptre - The Droitwich Standard

360 knifes off the streets thanks to Operation Sceptre

Droitwich Editorial 27th Nov, 2023 Updated: 27th Nov, 2023   0

360 knives have been taken off the streets across the three counties covered by West Mercia Police as part of Operation Sceptre.

A couple of weeks ago (Monday 13- Sunday, November 19 ), the force took part in the national week of action to challenge and reduce the threat of knife crime across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

During the week, officers deployed knife arches in prominent locations and carried out 49 weapon searches in areas where there was information to suggest weapons could’ve been discarded.

Knife surrender bins remained in place at police stations open to the public which saw 340 weapons handed in, preventing them from getting into the wrong hands.

Working alongside partners, colleges and schools, officers made 44 diversion visits and delivered over 140 anti-knife sessions to help raise awareness of knife crime and the devastating impact carrying a knife can have.

The sessions covered the dangers and consequences of carrying knives and the laws around it, as well as advice on how to avoid becoming involved in knife crime and the diversionary pathways available to young people, including highlighting the Steer Clear programme.

Retailers can play an important role in tackling knife crime, by ensuring that they do not sell knives to anyone under the age of 18. Throughout the week, officers made 108 visits to local retailers to engage with those working in the sector.

Head of Prevention for West Mercia Police, Superintendent Edward Hancox, said: “The success of Op Sceptre is a result of the continued work that we carry out in our communities, not only raising awareness about the dangers of knife crime through preventative activities, but also enforcing the law.

“Knife crime will not be tolerated by West Mercia Police and I hope the results from this week send that message.

“I want to make it clear that carrying a knife doesn’t make you safer. If you carry a knife it is more likely it will be used against you. It is also illegal and can result in a prison sentence.

“Our message is simple, carrying a knife puts yours and others lives at risk.

“As always the public have a very important part to play in helping to keep knives off our streets. They can help us as extra eyes and ears in our fight against serious violence and knife crime. If you suspect someone is carrying a knife by letting us know you could help save a life.”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “Removing knives from our streets is vital to reducing the harm felt in our communities.

“I am proud to play my part in breaking the cycle of knife crime by investing in the Steer Clear campaign which educates young people on the life altering impacts knives have in our society.

“The proactive efforts made by officers during OpSceptre from enforcement to early intervention all contributes towards building a safer West Mercia.”

Concerns about knife crime can be reported to police via their website or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency if there is an immediate danger to life.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or  Fearless at www.fearless.org to report.

Visit West Mercia Police’s website Steer Clear. Knife Crime for more.

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