Knife crackdown in bid to make streets safer
POLICE in Macclesfield have joined a crackdown on knife crime.
Officers will be out targeting individuals wanted for violence and carrying weapons as part of the county-wide campaign.
They will also be educating people about the possible dangers and consequences of carrying knives.
It is part of Cheshire Police’s ongoing StreetSafe initiative which tackles issues linked to public space violence, anti-social behaviour and the night-time economy.
Policing Superintendent Peter Crowcroft said: “The damage caused by knives, not just to the victim and their families but also to the wider community, can be devastating. Carrying a knife is a crime which brings that added risk that a minor issue can escalate into something much more serious.
“The laws are quite simple. It is illegal to carry a knife in a public place without good reason, if you break that law you could face up to four years in prison and an unlimited fine.
“It is also illegal to sell knives, including kitchen knives and even cutlery, to anyone under the age of 18. That is why I’m keen to remind retailers who sell knives to enforce the Challenge 25 policy, as breaking this law can result in an unlimited fine or up to six months in prison.”
David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “The impact of knife crime can be devastating and it can have significant effects on victims and all those involved. The public of Cheshire want to feel safe in their communities and it is pleasing to see the commitment the Constabulary is giving to tackling knife crime in Cheshire.
“I would like to assure the people of Cheshire that this type of action will continue, as the Constabulary works hard to make our communities safer.”