Cheshire Police have arrested 10 people in a week-long crackdown tackling knife Crime.
The operation named Spectre began on Monday 9th November.
During the operation along with the arrests, police seized over 45 knives and conducted 18 knife sweeps, searching areas for abandoned knives
The operation continued with 79 people the subject to stop and search and 12 notices were handed out to 12 people believe to be habitual knife carriers.
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, who is Cheshire Constabulary’s knife crime lead, said:
Operation Sceptre is a national initiative that we are always more than happy to support.
The work that could be done during the latest national week of action was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Government guidelines that we all have to follow.
We had to cancel some of our plans for the week and adapt others – for example not allowing members of the public take part in the knife sweeps we conducted – but nothing was going to stop us from continuing to tackle knife crime offenders and protect the people of Cheshire.
Police dogs and one of our drones were utilised in some of the activities we undertook as part of Operation Sceptre.
We stopped and search anyone suspected of carrying a weapon and used all of the other powers at our disposal to combat weapon enabled crime.
We also executed warrants related to knife crime and paid warning visits to people believed to be habitual knife carriers.
Officers and PCSOs also delivered lifesaving Bleeding Control Kits to a range of a community venues across Cheshire, visited a large number of retailers to ensure that robust controls are in place regarding the sale of kitchen knives and other blades, liaised with numerous schools about getting important knife crime messages to their pupils and addressed any knife crime concerns raised at pop-up police stations and confidential drop-in sessions.
We take knife crime extremely seriously and are proud of the fact that Cheshire has a lower rate of knife crime than most other counties in England.
When people carry knives it is only a matter of time before someone suffers life changing injuries or is killed, and if you carry a knife then you are much more likely to be involved in a knife crime.
At Cheshire Constabulary we have a structured prepare, protect, pursue and prevent approach to tackling knife crime that involves various partner agencies, including local authorities, education providers, health authorities, third sector organisations, youth representatives and community groups.
We work together throughout the year to achieve long-term change by educating young people about the dangers and futility of carrying weapons.
We make sure they know that carrying a knife, even if they have no intention of using it, is a crime and can increase the likelihood of suffering an injury and having a criminal record.
We also steer them away from criminality and offer them attractive alternative ways to spend their time.
Our goal is to achieve weapons-free streets throughout the county and we endeavour – through education, awareness and action – to make Cheshire an area where no-one carries a knife or feels that there is a reason to do so.
However, the police cannot achieve this goal on our own. Knife crime is a societal problem that cannot be solved without the support of the whole society.
If you have any information regarding knife crimes or those who carry weapons please let us know.
If you know someone who carries a knife then reporting it to the police could be enough to save a life.
David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, added:
I am pleased to hear of this latest work as part of the constabulary’s considerable ongoing efforts to tackle knife crime.
We’ve seen a number of tragic cases in Cheshire over recent years in which young people in our communities have, sadly, lost their lives to knife crime.
The lives of too many families in Cheshire have been torn apart as a result of knife crime.
It’s important to remember that carrying a knife doesn’t make you safer, it increases the risk of you being involved in a violent crime.
I’m committed to working with Cheshire Constabulary and our communities to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on our streets, and to educate people about the dangers of knife crime.
I urge anyone with information about those who carry such weapons to come forward in confidence and report it.
To report any type of crime involving weapons call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be passed to the force online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report.
Anyone who knows someone that carries a knife can report it to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.