Knife found in 15-year-old’s bedroom


Stark warning for parents to talk to their youngsters about the dangers of carrying a knife

A large knife (pictured) was discovered during a search of a 15 year old Banbury boy’s bedroom on Wednesday afternoon (April 28).   The shocking find was made following the boys arrest on suspicion of drug supply.

Parents are now asked the stark question: do you know what is in your child’s bedroom?

As part of Operation Sceptre, Thames Valley Police’s Tasking Team were out on patrol when they witnessed what they suspected to be a drug deal.   A 15 year old male was arrested and officers subsequently conducted a search of his bedroom, during which the knife was found.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley police said: “We wouldn’t normally choose to post such images as we don’t wish to glamorise or encourage the carrying of these weapons.   However this is the stark reality of what we can sometimes be facing, and we need to educate our young people around the dangers of carrying a knife.”

Operation Sceptre is a national week of action to tackle knife crime.   During the week a knife amnesty is running whereby members of the public will be able to safely and anonymously dispose of any type of knife or bladed article.

The aims of the operation are to remove dangerous weapons from the streets, reduce knife crime and raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley police had a direct message for parents.   They said: “We encourage you to have [those] difficult conversations with your children. Talk to them about the dangers of carrying a knife and highlight to them that the vast majority of children do not feel the need to carry one.

“It is not cool and it is not a fashion accessory.  Make them realise that their chances of becoming a victim of knife crime increases just by carrying one.  Let them know that they have a choice when it comes to carrying a knife, even if they feel they do not.

“It is important we encourage young people to look out for their friends. If they know people who are carrying knives encourage them to tell a trusted adult, be that a parent, family member or teacher.  You can report this to police either via 101, online, or remain anonymous and call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The 15 year old suspect remains under investigation.

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