Police sweep Stevenage neighbourhoods for knives

PUBLISHED: 18:16 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:16 15 February 2018

Police sweeping areas in Stevenage looking for knives. Picture: Martin Elvery

Police sweeping areas in Stevenage looking for knives. Picture: Martin Elvery

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Police in Stevenage have been cracking down on knife crime as part of a UK-wide campaign to get knives off the streets.

Officers were looking for knives hidden in strategic places. Picture: Martin ElveryOfficers were looking for knives hidden in strategic places. Picture: Martin Elvery

Officers were out on the streets in various neighbourhoods in Stevenage this morning sweeping bushes and bin stores to look for hidden weapons – something they will repeat on future occasions.

They were acting on intelligence that suggests criminals dump knives in places where they might be handy if they get into trouble. By recovering these weapons officers hope to take the sting out of some of the violent crime that affects the town.

This morning’s teams visited areas around The Oval, Monument Court and Bradman Way.

The activity coincides with a week-long knife amnesty across the county where people can hand in knives into police stations - including Stevenage – without fear of prosecution.

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It ends on Sunday and by this morning 12 weapons had been collected in the bin at Stevenage station.

People can also call the police on 101 to get officers to collect knives from their homes.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Martin May told the Comet: “We’re aiming to get knives off the streets.

“Gang members will hide weapons in open places so if they engage in a fight they know where weapons will be placed.

“A lot of reports of knife crime are when knives have been seen rather than actually used, but statistics suggest that you are more likely to get injured if you are the person carrying the knife rather than the other way around.”

After this morning’s operation, Sgt May added: “Although nothing was found this morning we saw members of the community and it is good for them to see what we are doing so if they have concerns they can call us.”

“Carrying a knife on your person is still against the law and could be used against you and you could come off as a victim.

“It’s an offence to carry a knife in a public place.”

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