Notts Police supports a national week of action against knife crime

A total of 32 Forces around the country are taking part in Operation Sceptre, which runs from today (17 July) until Sunday (23 July).

Throughout the week officers will be engaging with communities and businesses on the issue of knife crime and carrying out targeted, intelligence-led stop and search activity.

Superintendent Ted Antill, of Nottinghamshire Police (pictured) , said: “We are embarking on a national week of action along with 31 other forces which is being held to coincide with the last week of school.

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“The emphasis will be on engaging with the community and getting the message across to people of all ages – but particularly young people – not to carry knives and to please report knife crime.

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“We will also be running a number of proactive operations to deter and detect the carriage of knives in our communities.

“Knife crime is a national issue and we are happy to play our part in supporting this operation.”

Nottinghamshire Police works with a range of partner agencies to tackle knife crime and a vital element of this is education, targeting youngsters early to prevent them becoming involved in knife crime.

Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s children and young people’s committee, Councillor Philip Owen said: “We are currently working with Nottinghamshire Police and the City Council on a knife crime educational package for secondary schools across the county which will involve delivering a knife crime presentation and workshop. This will initially target schools in the county and is aimed at alerting students about the impact and potential consequences of carrying a knife.

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“We will also co-produce a range of educational resources for schools and promote the targeted knife crime prevention work delivered by our youth offending service.

“And as part of this, and to help inform this work, we plan to set up a strategic group involving our youth offending service and some head teachers.”

Lydia Patsalides, East Midlands Regional Manager for the independent charity Crimestoppers said: “Crimestoppers will be running a knife crime awareness campaign with Nottinghamshire Police later in the year and calls upon anyone who has any information about knife crime and those who are carrying weapons to call us 100 percent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org and fill out an anonymous online form.

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“You’ll never have to speak to police or stand up in court when you come to us.”