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Police recover 225 knives during week of searches in Preston and South Ribble

Posted on - 26th November, 2023 - 5:21pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, South Ribble News
A PCSO carrying out a knife sweep in a Preston park Pic: Preston Police

More than 200 knives have been recovered by police across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire.

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Lancashire Police’s Operation Sceptre saw police searching parks for weapons, knife arches put up at Preston Bus Station and 88 stop and searches conducted by officers.

Knife surrender bins which are spread across locations in the South Division which includes Preston were also emptied with swords, cleavers and daggers recovered – 225 blades were recovered in total.

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

A knife bin being emptied by a police officer Pic: Preston Police

Sergeant Nick Miller from Lancashire’s Violence Reduction Network said: “Carrying a knife doesn’t protect you. They can destroy lives. That is why it’s so important we continue to engage with people and educate them on the consequences of carrying bladed articles.​

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“As always, the public play a vital role in helping to keep knives off our streets and can be our eyes and ears in the fight against knife crime. If you have any information about knife crime in your area, please do report it to us so that we can take appropriate action.”​

Police also carried out test purchases of knives to see if retailers were complying with age-restrictions and 17 schools were visited with almost 800 children spoken to about the dangers of knife crime.

Where are the knife surrender bins?

Onward Homes, Princess Street, Avenham, PR1 4HS
Kingsfold Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, PR1 6EQ
Gamull Lane, Preston, PR2 6SJ

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