22nd Sep, 2020

Police use knife arch in Redditch as part of Operation Sceptre

Harry Leach 18th Sep, 2019

POLICE officers attended Redditch Railway Station and Oakenshaw McDonald’s yesterday morning carrying out knife checks as part of Operation Sceptre.

The nationwide knife surrender began on Monday and runs until Sunday, September 22.

It gives people the opportunity to dispose of knives anonymously with no questions asked.

At station officers spoke to people and issued advice and literature about knife crime, the dangers and the penalties.

A number of knife bins have been placed across the West Mercia Police force area so people can drop off their blades without having to give their personal details and they will not face prosecution for carrying them.

However, if it is believed the knife has been used in criminal activity, the police will be looking to carry out an operation.

The police were also at Oakenshaw McDonald’s.

West Mercia Police Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans, said: “The areas we cover are some of the safest and the number of knife related incidents are low compared to other areas but it is important we do all we can to reduce the number even more.

“We know the devastating impact of knife crime.

“Knives are the most common weapon used in killings of young people.

“We can only tackle knife crime if we work together, police, local government, schools, colleges, court, parents, carers, families and local communities.”

Increased patrols will be carried out throughout the week and officers will use their stop and search powers.

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