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Knife sweeps conducted across Preston by police in latest knife crime clampdown

Posted on - 26th April, 2021 - 2:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News
Preston Police out this morning as part of Operation Sceptre. Pic: @PrestonPolice

Lancashire Police and Preston Police are warning young people about the dangers of being involved in knife crime.

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This morning (Monday 26 April) Preston Police have been conducting a knife sweep as part of the Operation Sceptre initiative, helping to tackle knife crime.

Officers will be visiting schools to help children better understand repercussions they may face if they become involve with knife crime.

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Lancashire Police took to social media to show their support for #OpSceptre, a national week of intensive action against knife crime.

Throughout the week officers will be working with partner organisations to conduct a range of activities to help tackle knife crime including providing education in schools, test purchasing knives in shops and conducting weapon sweeps.

Inspector Dave Oldfield, of Lancashire Violence Reduction Network, said: “As we come out of pandemic restrictions and our lives get back to normal we urge anyone who carries a knife to stop and think before putting a knife in their pocket.

“Think about how your life could be changed if your knife was used against you and think about the long-term impact that could have on your family.

“Fortunately, at less than 1%, knife crime is low in Lancashire compared with other parts of the country, but, one incident is one too many and we are committed to doing everything we can to tackle the root causes of serious violence, together with partner organisations, to ensure that people in Lancashire feel safe.”

If you have any information about knife crime contact the police on 101 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency dial 999.

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