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Hampshire police join week-long knife crime crackdown Operation Sceptre



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HAMPSHIRE officers are gearing up for a week-long crackdown on knife crime.

Amnesty bins will be wheeled out as part of Operation Sceptre, which will see "intensified" work to reduce crime and violence involving knives.

Running from today (Monday) to Sunday, the force will also be engaging with retailers, youth groups and charities to "target the root causes of knife crime".

BB guns and a sword were among weapons surrendered at Lymington police station during a previous amnesty (photo: Hampshire police)
BB guns and a sword were among weapons surrendered at Lymington police station during a previous amnesty (photo: Hampshire police)

Hampshire Constabulary’s lead for knife crime, Chief Inspector John Halfarce, said: “Knife crime can have a devastating impact on families and communities, police forces are working night and day to tackle this problem. Operation Sceptre offers us the chance to concentrate our efforts in tackling knife crime, a significant contributor of violence in the UK.

“The week will focus on many different areas, including education, engagement and prevention. This is a system-wide approach and one we work closely with our partners to achieve. We are intensifying the efforts that take place all year round in getting knives off the streets, potentially saving lives.

“We want those who may be carrying a knife out of fear to come forward and speak with police or an adult that they can trust such as a youth worker, teacher at school, charities or by calling Crimestoppers. We want to help young people get out of the cycle of violence and stop the devastation caused to them and their families due to knife crime.

“You will see knife arches, amnesty bins and officers doing weapons sweeps during the week as we work to remove knives and stop serious violence on our streets.”

If you are aware of anyone who carries a knife or are concerned about someone you know carrying a knife, report it to the police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.



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