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Knife found in Nottingham country park as police search 10 city open spaces

City West Neighbourhood Policing officers have been combing 10 parks across the area to uncover any knives being stashed in bushes and hedgerows.

Officers carried out the searches as part of Operation Sceptre, a nationwide week-long campaign focusing on knife crime.

As part of the search, one blade was uncovered at Broxtowe Country Park on Monday, November 14.

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Public open spaces are areas where knives can be hidden or discarded.

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They are also places where some offenders hide weapons to avoid detection.

Local officers carry out regular patrols of these parks but are shining a spotlight on the work they do during the week of action.

Sergeant Darran Owen said: “The areas were chosen for a variety of reasons such as problems with anti-social behaviour, areas believed to be frequented by knife carriers or simply because they are large open spaces.

“Offenders will hide weapons in large open spaces to avoid being caught with the blade and that is why it is so important to carry out these weapon sweeps.

“On Monday we found a nasty looking knife which we have now taken off the streets. That knife could have been potentially used on someone or even the person carrying it, leaving them with life-altering injuries or even death.

 

“Thankfully, most of the time our parks and open spaces are free of weapons and that’s because of the work being carried out.

“Prevention is just as important as locking people up and we don’t want any of our open spaces becoming a storage space for knife-carriers. Every knife taken out of circulation is a potential life saved.”

Parks and areas targeted on Monday were:

  • Woodland behind the Calderdale Estate in Wollaton
  • Broxtowe County Park and the Pitts Estate
  • Woodfield Road Park in Broxtowe
  • Birchover Park in Bilborough
  • Harvey Haddon Sports Centre grounds
  • Manor Croft in Old Basford
  • Vernon Park in Basford
  • Stockhill Park in Stockhill
  • Melbourne Park in Aspley
  • Wollaton Park

All this week, Nottinghamshire Police will be shining a light on the ongoing efforts to reduce knife crime in our communities as part of ‘Operation Sceptre’.

As part of the national week of action, which runs until Sunday (20 November), Nottinghamshire officers will be carrying out a range of different proactive policing and public engagement work.

Positive action will focus on educating people, especially young people, about the consequences of knife carrying, with officers set to visit different schools and colleges across the county to highlight these dangers.

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