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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Several knives found in Nottingham city centre week of action

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Multiple knives were recovered in the city centre as part of a week of proactive action that highlighted the force’s commitment to tackling knife crime.

Throughout the week, officers from the city neighbourhood policing team and Operation Reacher conducted a series of events and activities that shone a spotlight on the positive work conducted all-year-round in the city.

At the beginning of the week, members of the public were encouraged to walk through the knife arch stationed at Broadmarsh Centre.

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A 16-year-old boy was charged with possession of a bladed article after a knife was recovered following a ping on the metal detector.

Several knives found in Nottingham city centre
At the beginning of the week, members of the public were encouraged to walk through the knife arch stationed at Broadmarsh Centre.

Weapon sweeps were carried out across the city centre and on Tuesday, two further knives were found after suspects were searched by police. An 18-year-old man and a 26-year-old man were swiftly arrested in connection with the incidents.

Nottingham College was visited by PCSO Sue Rutter and officers from the Op Reacher team to engage with students and explain the dangers of knife crime.

On Thursday, a man was arrested at Bridewell Custody Suite when a knife was recovered in a search at the station.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for the city centre, Paul Gummer, has praised the efforts of the city centre team this week.

Inspector Gummer said: “The city centre team conducted some excellent work to recover knives and make several arrests in connection with weapons offences as part of the national Op Sceptre week.

“However, the week is just a snapshot of the ongoing year-round work being carried out to combat knife crime in Nottingham.

“We consistently strive to tackle knife crime head on and undertake a series of proactive engagement activities throughout the year to stop knives from being carried on our streets and ultimately, make Nottingham a safe place to live, work and socialise.

“That being said, partnership working has been and remains key to reducing knife crime in Nottinghamshire and we continue to work closely with partner agencies, as well as proactively engaging with local communities, to tackle knife crime as part of a collective Nottinghamshire response. It’s not just a Nottinghamshire Police issue.

“We need people to keep giving us information about knife crime in their areas so we can help keep them safe. We all need to work together to combat knife crime and we’d urge 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.”