Cheshire Constabulary is cracking down on knife crime as part of a national campaign and will be targeting individuals in Warrington suspected of carrying these weapons.
Operation Sceptre is a week of action that runs from February 12 – 18 and aims to reduce the impact of knife crime in communities.
Cheshire is ranked nine out of 42 (excluding the city of London and British Transport Police) for knife crime in all forces across the country but there is evidence that some areas of the county have a higher number of knife crime incidents than others. Those are the areas officers will be targeting in Warrington and other areas.
Using intelligence, the focus will be on people who think it’s ok to carry a knife in public, and action will be taken if anyone is found with one in their possession without a valid reason for carrying it.
During the initiative, police officers want to educate people about the laws surrounding buying and carrying knives and will be working with partners such as Trading Standards and Crimestoppers to combat the issue.
There will also be a number of surrender bins available for people to hand in knives between February 12th and February 19th at four police stations – Macclesfield, Ellesmere Port, Widnes and Runcorn – and two recycling centres – on Congleton Road, Gawsworth, and on Garth Road, Ellesmere Port.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, said: “Carrying a knife is a crime which brings that added risk that a minor issue can escalate into something much more serious and potentially life changing.
“The damage caused by knives, not just to the victim and their families, but also to the wider community, can be devastating. No one deserves to live in fear of knife crime in their area and we will be using intelligence to target certain areas.
“Consequently, we are keen to reach out to members of the public who may have information about knife carriers, and I would encourage anyone with information to have the confidence to come forward and report it.”
Officers will be using their powers to stop and search individuals who are believed to be carrying knives.