Arrests following police operation to keep knives out of Hitchin

MORE than 25 people were stopped and searched as part of a police operation to keep knives out of a town.

There were also arrests in the operation, run by intervention officers, officers from the Special Constabulary and the British Transport Police (BTP).

A metal detection arch was placed at the entrance of Hitchin Railway Station, with BTP officers dealing with railway offences and First Capital Connect dealing with revenue issues.

There were also patrols of the station taxi rank to deal with unlicensed taxis.

As a result of the operation, a 20-year-old man from Baldock was arrested and received a caution for being in possession of a bladed article. Forty-one-year-old Birant Osman, of Wymondley Road, Hitchin, was also charged for drink driving offences and is due to appear in front of magistrates next week. A 21-year-old man from Letchworth GC was given a cannabis warning.

“We are aware of the inherent dangers that the carrying of knives can cause and are committed to ensuring that it doesn’t become an issue locally,” said Sergeant Kelly Farmer, who led the operation. “Operations like this will help prevent offenders from bringing knives into our area and potentially causing trouble.

“We are committed to keeping our town safe and tackling those responsible for committing crime. We will continue to run these high-visibility, pro-active operations to keep criminals out of the town.”

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Officers also handed out leaflets both at the railway station and in the town centre, on how to prevent crime. They also gave advice on the effects of too much alcohol and getting home safely.