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Preston venues to ‘wand’ customers for knives under police initiative

Posted on - 26th August, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Crime, Lancashire Police, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News
PC Ste Connolly demonstrating the ‘knife wand’

Licensed venues across the city are to ‘wand’ customers for knives as part of a police scheme launched with Preston City Pub Watch.

Preston Police has secured funding from LanPac (Lancashire Partnership Against Crime) for 12 knife wands for use in premises throughout the south of Lancashire.

The knife wands are to be loaned on a ‘rotating temporary’ basis to ensure venues act responsibly and keep their customers safe when visiting Preston, with locations able to trial the wands for a period of time, sporadically as and when required.

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PC Ste Connolly with a ‘knife wand’

The Chief Inspector of Preston Police, Sue Bushell, said: “This isn’t about saying knife crime is an issue within our venues.  

“It’s about businesses taking responsibility for the safety of their customers and ultimately encouraging more people to enjoy the great night-time economy that Preston has.”

“We are committed to working with partners to make the place we live and work a safe place for everyone who visits. We are delighted that Preston Bid, Preston City Pub Watch, and LanPac are all supporting us.”

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Serna Baxter, Chair of Preston City Centre Pub Watch, said venues across the city centre work ‘tirelessly, individually and in partnership’ to ensure that Preston remains a safe and enjoyable place for a night out.

Baxter said: “We will continue to ensure that our customers are protected at every opportunity and that our city centre continues to be a welcoming place for thousands of people each week.”

Approximately one per cent of Lancashire crimes during 2021 related to knife crime, which is lower than in other areas, and hospital admissions in Lancashire for knife-related injuries are lower than at their peak in 2020.

Venues interested in signing up should contact 4159@lancashire.police.uk or 6884@lancashire.police.uk



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