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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

15-year-old arrested in West Bridgford ‘carrying a large knife’, say police

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Police arrested a suspect after receiving a report of a teenager carrying a large knife in West Bridgford.

A member of the public reported that a boy, who was believed to have a blade tucked in his waistband, was heading along Harrow Road.

Officers quickly arrived in the area and four minutes after receiving the call they arrested a 15-year-old boy nearby, in Eton Road, on suspicion of possessing a bladed article in a public place.

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A knife was recovered from his waistband following the incident which happened shortly before 7pm on Sunday (18 April 2021).

The arrest comes as Nottinghamshire Police prepares to take part in a busy week of activity, aiming to tackle and further reduce knife crime, in support of the national Operation Sceptre.

Operation Sceptre, which begins on Monday (26 April 2021), is just a snapshot of the ongoing year-round work carried out by Nottinghamshire Police and its partners, standing alongside local communities, to tackle knife crime by bringing together all aspects of education, engagement and enforcement.

The force’s activity during the week will include community weapons sweeps, patrols in knife crime hot-spot areas and proactive operations.

Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated knife crime and Operation Reacher teams will also be deployed in support of the proactive knife crime work in the city and county and the force’s schools and early intervention officers will be continuing their work by engaging and working with children in schools, encouraging young people to live positive knife-free lives.

Sergeant Sarah Merrall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We take all reports involving knives extremely seriously and work really hard to take as many weapons as possible of our streets as well as educating people about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“The force is fully committed to working with its partners, and with the support of the public, to make our streets safer.

“Every knife or bladed weapon we seize or which is handed in has the potential to save a life.

“The force’s relentless efforts to tackle knife crime are ongoing all year round and we remain committed to using a mixture of engagement, education and enforcement to reduce violence in our communities.

“We will not tolerate people carrying knives and we will always look to take action against those who are found to commit such offences.

“We all need to work together to combat knife crime and we’re urging anyone with information on knife crime in their local community to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.”