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Police search for hidden knives across Nottingham in proactive sweep

Hidden knives were targeted as officers took part in proactive knife sweeps across the county.

Officers in Nottingham and Mansfield targeted public spaces where knives may have been hidden or discarded.

It is known that some offenders hide weapons in easily accessible locations to try to avoid being caught in possession.

In response local officers carry out regular intelligence-led searches of parks, housing estates and other locations to find hidden weapons.

Yesterday’s searches were linked to Operation Sceptre, a nationwide two-week spotlight in the work police forces do all year round to crack down on and prevent knife crime.

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In Nottingham officers focussed on Melbourne Park in Aspley. In Mansfield, meanwhile, officers focussed on the Layton Burroughs area of the town centre.

Sergeant Nick Sakkal-Appleby, of the Mansfield neighbourhood team, said: “We know that the small minority of people who regularly carry knives on our streets take the precaution of hiding them in public spaces.

“By taking a small amount of time from their day, our officers area able not only to search for and find hidden weapons, but also send a clear message to anyone thinking of hiding weapons in public spaces: we will come looking for them and we may even link them back to you.”

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