Nine arrests have been made as part of Operation Sceptre last week, the national week of action by police against knife crime.
The arrests were made in different parts of Suffolk for possession of a knife offences and officers used intelligence-led deployments as part of the ongoing work with partners to tackle knife-based criminality, and associated gang activity.
As well as the arrests officers also conducted 53 visits to properties, some on more than one occasion, that were known to police to have links to County Lines, weapon offences and “cuckooing.” No offences were apparent in these visits, although appropriate welfare and support was provided where necessary to some individuals
Other activity during the week included intelligence led stop and searches, high visibility patrols including at Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds train stations and three weapons sweeps in Ipswich parks.
Schools Liaison Officers and Community Engagement Officers also supported schools delivering information on knife crime, County Lines and gangs to children and teachers in schools.
This included assemblies and classroom talks with officers encouraging honest conversations around knife crime and to highlight to children the dangers of carrying knives, as well officers distributing literature and posters.
Over 3,400 knives and bladed items were also recovered from the knife surrender amnesty bins across the county where people can dispose knives and blades safely.
Three knife bins are located in Ipswich (outside the Fire Station, Queen’s Way and Bramford Road) and at police stations in Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Sudbury and Haverhill and in Stowmarket at the junction of Stricklands Road and Ipswich Street.
The high value of knives/bladed items in the bins is predominantly due to the fact of Covid-19 and that they were not emptied in spring and it has been 12 months since they were last emptied.
Supt Kerry Cutler, the operational lead for Operation Sceptre, said: “This was a really productive week for us in terms of addressing the national issue of knife crime. Despite the constraints of operating under Covid restrictions we continued to target those involved in County Lines, and carry out positive work with the community, residents and the engagement with schools. We were warmly received in schools and there were some really searching and intelligent questions from the children on the topic of knife crime and gangs.
“It’s important to point out that while this was a dedicated week of action, our work to tackle knife crime continues all year round. We will continue to highlight the dangers of carrying knives, and other weapons, and the devastating consequences this can have on the lives of young people. If you are found illegally in possession of a knife you will be arrested, put before the court and brought to justice.”
For more information and advice regarding Having The Conversation see http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/personal-safety/knife-crime/having-conversation
Anyone with information on knife crime in their local community is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.
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