Posted: Thu 25th May 2023

Operation Sceptre: Over 560 Knives Surrendered in North Wales during National Week of Action

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, May 25th, 2023


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In a concerted effort to combat knife crime, Operation Sceptre saw over 560 knives and bladed items being voluntarily handed in across North Wales.

The initiative, which took place from 15th to 21st May, was part of a nationwide week of action coordinated by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) to address the escalating issue of knife crime and its contribution to overall violent crime in the UK.

The campaign aimed not only to encourage individuals to safely dispose of unwanted knives and weapons but also involved extensive community engagement activities.

Police officers visited schools and colleges throughout the region to raise awareness among pupils and students about the risks and severe consequences associated with carrying a knife.

Additionally, visits were made to retailers, weapon sweeps were conducted, and leaflet drops were organized to reach a wider audience.

During the week, 562 knives and bladed items were recovered from specially designated knife surrender amnesty bins and some recycling centers across North Wales, providing an opportunity for people to dispose of these potentially dangerous weapons safely.

Alongside the successful knife surrenders, the operation resulted in five arrests related to knife crime.

Furthermore, the initiative included 89 school engagement lessons, 48 leaflet drops, and 18 visits to retailers to ensure compliance with regulations regarding knife sales.

Seven retailers were warned for lacking appropriate signage related to the sale of knives.

Community Safety Sergeant Alyn Smith said “Op Sceptre highlights the commitment of the police working with the public and partners to prevent young people becoming involved in serious violence.

Last week saw forces continued engagement with schools and communities by police forces across the UK.

“Young people must understand that carrying a knife is never the answer, nor does it offer the protection they think it does. It only puts them at greater risk.”

If you have concerns about someone you know or care about, who is carrying or hiding a knife call the Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or the Fearless campaign website https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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