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Knife found hidden on banks of River Trent as police operation continues

A dangerous blade was found dumped on the banks of the River Trent as police carried out a successful knife sweep.

Officers from The Meadows neighbourhood policing team (NPT) discovered the knife after combing through bushes and undergrowth on The Embankment.

It was just one of a number of knife sweeps which took place across the Nottingham South area as part of a week-long national campaign.

‘Operation Sceptre’ highlights the impact of knife crime and the work being done to reduce knife crime in communities across the county.

Officers from the Sneinton NPT also carried out sweeps in Windmill Park and Trickett’s Park on Tuesday (15 November 2022).

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Inspector Karl Thomas, district commander for Nottingham South, said: “Knife sweeps are important because we know offenders hide weapons in open spaces to avoid being caught with them and arrested.

“They often throw blades away and retrieve them later to carry around on our streets – putting themselves and innocent members of the public more at risk.

“We searched these specific areas on the back of intelligence received about antisocial behaviour, recent incidents of weapons being used by groups and around the knowledge of drugs being sold and used in the area.

“I hope it is reassuring to the community that work like this is keeping our parks and green spaces free from knives and dangerous weapons.

“Knives and dangerous weapons can have utterly devastating consequences on a person and the family of both the victim and suspect. No argument or feud is worth a life and prison sentence so think before acting and using a knife.”

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