Knife crack­down in bid to make streets safer

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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