Great results for Lancashire as part of national anti-knife campaign, Operation Sceptre

Monday, May 23, 2022

Lancashire Constabulary took part in Operation Sceptre, from 16th May to 22nd May, a national week of intense action again knife crime.

Over 1,000 knives were recovered from surrender bins all over the county.

During the operation officers made 116 direct arrests, conducted 45 Stop and Search’s and searched 24 public spaces for weapons.

Proactive work included educational school events, accompanied by anti-knife crime campaigner Byron Highton from The JJ Effect CIC. Officers also conducted several community events and diversion visits and well as test purchasing in 42 retailers with help from Lancashire Police Cadets.

Chief Inspector Dave Oldfield, of Lancashire Violence Reduction Network, said: “I am extremely proud of how everyone who worked on Operation Sceptre approached it, all focused on protecting the communities of Lancashire and combining enforcement and prevention tactics to achieve that.

“The removal of such a large number of weapons through surrender bins tells me that the public understand the need to dispose of such items and I thank them for that. By working together on this issue, we can continue to reduce violence, prevent future victims and bring offenders to justice.

“We will continue to educate young people around the impact of knife crime and strive to make Lancashire a safer place for everyone.”

Andrew Snowden, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said:

"This is the type of proactive activity that people want to see and gives an insight into the work that Lancashire Constabulary, and partners, carry out around the clock to crack down on those who carry these dangerous weapons and educate people around the risks they pose. Every knife removed from our communities, whether surrendered at a knife bin or seized by officers, is one less weapon that can end or ruin many lives.

"We need people, particularly young people, to understand just how dangerous carrying a knife is, for the person carrying it and the wider community. As a key part of this work, I am delighted to have secured funding towards the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network for three more years, to continue tackling serious violence. 

"I am fully committed to working closely with the Constabulary as I lead the fight against crime, ensuring the force has the resources to bring offenders to justice, whilst also working with partners across Lancashire to raise awareness of just how dangerous carrying a knife is, for the person carrying it and the wider community.”

If you have any information about knife crime in Lancashire, contact the police on 101 or report anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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