Nearly 2,000 arrests have been made and 1000’s of knives seized underneath a nationwide operation to sort out knife crime.
Operation Sceptre was undertaken by all 43 forces in England and Wales, in addition to the British Transport Police.
In whole, 1,947 arrests had been made with 831 associated to knife crime offences.
Various totally different techniques had been deployed through the week of 15 November, together with honesty bins, knife arches and weapons sweeps.
Officers seized 1,074 knives whereas 8,401 had been surrendered or seized throughout sweeps. This is a rise of 14% because the final Operation Sceptre in 2021, in keeping with figures from the Nationwide Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
Police additionally labored alongside the jail service to comb cells, with 131 inmates searched in 100 cells throughout eight prisons.
Some 29 weapons had been discovered – together with razor blades fastened to toothbrushes and different handles. Different weapons seized through the week included swords, looking knives and machetes.
Nationwide Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, hailed the operation as a hit.
“Operation Sceptre noticed an actual crackdown on the intense violence related to knife crime and has delivered some excellent outcomes,” he stated.
“Op Sceptre highlights the persevering with dedication of the police working with the general public in stopping younger folks carrying knives and this newest Sceptre week noticed our engagement with colleges and communities improve to greater ranges than ever earlier than.
“Younger folks should perceive that carrying a knife isn’t the reply, nor does it supply the safety they suppose it does. It solely places them at better danger.”
‘Nothing extra terrifying for a dad or mum’
Forces additionally held 966 schooling and youth engagement occasions and visited 1,917 colleges.
The Minister for Crime, Policing and Probation Equipment Malthouse stated there’s “nothing extra terrifying” for a dad or mum than the considered the kid not making it dwelling.
“We now have to work day and evening to maintain our youngsters protected,” he stated.
“There’s nothing extra terrifying for a dad or mum that the considered them not making it dwelling.
“Operations like this are serving to us make our streets safer every day.”
Chief Inspector Rob Ranstead, who led the operation for the Metropolitan Police, stated making London safer is his pressure’s precedence.
“Our mission is to bear down on violence and make communities safer throughout London – it is our precedence,” he stated.
“Operation Sceptre is an intensification of the work we already do each single day and officers is not going to cease doing every little thing they’ll to focus on these carrying weapons on our streets.”