Latest Operation Sceptre results see more knives surrendered


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54 knife related arrests were made across the Thames Valley

116 knives and bladed articles were surrendered in Oxfordshire during a week of activity in support of Operation Sceptre, the campaign to reduce the threat of knife crime.

Seven days of action ended on Sunday.   During this time officers completed targeted patrols in areas which had been identified to have higher levels of violence or knife crime issues.  Other activity included stop searches and test purchases to check whether knives were being sold legally.

Across the Thames Valley 54 knife related arrests were made.

Chief Inspector Jade Hewitt, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported this week of action and all those who continue to support us in tackling knife crime and working to make our communities a safer place.

“Throughout the week, there has been an increased police presence in our communities, with officers engaging specifically around knife crime and working in partnership with businesses, the community and young people to disrupt and reduce the threat of knife crime across the Thames Valley.

“We continue to deliver robust enforcement to target the small number of people involved in knife crime and associated criminality. It is through both early intervention and targeted policing activity that we can work together to address the root causes of violence and use preventive initiatives to divert people from crime.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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