Axe and crossbow seized in police op
Ongoing work to tackle knife crime
AN AXE and a crossbow were seized in Loughborough as part of a weeklong operation by Leicestershire Police.
The force made 18 arrests and took more than 200 knives off the streets during the operation to target those carrying weapons.
Operation Sceptre, which started on Saturday, September 22, was part of national activity designed to deter and detect the carrying of knives. The intelligence led operation resulted in 18 arrests, nine of which were directly related to knives.
Officers also carried out 35 stop and searches which, along with arrests, recovered 11 knives while surrender bins at Loughborough, Mansfield House, Spinney Hill and Wigston police stations saw more than 220 knives handed in.
In addition, an axe and crossbow were recovered from an address in Loughborough as part of a warrant which was executed. Officers conducted knife sweeps across the city, recovering a knife from communal grounds close to the train station and a hammer off park land next to Sturdee Road, in Eyres Monsell.
A knife arch at Leicester train station also saw hundreds of people pass through it in the course of just a few hours.
Test purchase operations at seven stores in Leicester took place with all businesses successfully passing.
Officers also went into Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General hospitals to highlight the conse- quences of knife crime on emergency services.
Sergeant Glen Iceton, knife crime coordinator for Leicestershire Police, helped lead the operation. He said: “Operation Sceptre has led to some tangible and impressive results which will feed into our ongoing work to tackle knife crime and reduce the number of people carrying knives. Officers successfully recovered a number of highly dangerous weapons through their hard work, meaning there are now less knives on our streets.
“It was particularly pleasing that no stores tested sold knives to underage youngsters and requested to see relevant ID.”
Superintendent Shane O’Neill, who leads the force’s response to knife crime, said: “Leicestershire Police will continue to target those who carry knives to prevent the impact upon those we live and work with.
“It is important that anyone who is concerned about someone carrying a knife knows that advice is available on our website and that there are trusted adults they can talk to. It is not acceptable to carry a knife and through the force’s #LivesNotknives campaign this message continues to reach across the counties to encourage discussion and prevent people becoming involved in criminality.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach added: “This has clearly been a hugely successful operation - every knife off the street is one less weapon that could be used to injure or kill someone.
“I hope it sends a clear message that knife crime will not be tolerated in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”
Some of the items recovered as part of Leicestershire Police’s Operation Sceptre.