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Police forces across the country have responded to continuing concerns around knife offences

22 Dec 2016

Forces undertook a series of coordinated weeks of action in February, April, June and October 2016 to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. In October, 21 police forces across the country took part in the operation which includes targeting habitual knife carriers, weapon sweeps, test purchases of knives from identified retailers, and use of surrender bins.

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Lead on Knife Crime, Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock, said:

“Police forces across the country have responded to continuing concerns around knife offences, which have started to increase following a long-term downward trend.

“In our latest operation, Operation Sceptre 6, we targeted habitual offenders in crime hotspots: resulting in hundreds of arrests and 1,200 weapons seized. The service has also worked with Trading Standards to identify retailers who are failing to meet their responsibilities under the law on selling.

“There is no easy solution to the scourge of knife crime, which impacts our communities and their feelings of safety. Tackling violence involving knives remains a key priority for the police service and we intend to keep up the momentum. More activity is already being planned for 2017.”

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