KNIVES FOUND NEAR CHIL­DREN’S PLAY AREA

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Two “lethal” knives were found next to a chil­dren’s play area.

The knives were found hid­den in the roof of the shel­ter at Stan­ground Skate Park in Whit­tle­sey Road.

Cllr Chris Harper, who rep­re­sents Stan­ground on Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, called the knives lethal, adding: “What goes through the minds of those re­spon­si­ble for hav­ing such deadly weapons? And no, I refuse to ac­cept any claim of ‘they’re for self-de­fence’. “These would kill.

“It is very clear that this shel­ter is an anti-so­cial be­hav­iour hotspot with re­ports of drug deal­ing and threat­en­ing be­hav­iour lead­ing some par­ents to ban their chil­dren from go­ing to the area. It’s a bril­liant fa­cil­ity and we need to sort out those who are ru­in­ing it.”

Flet­ton and Stan­ground mem­ber Cllr John Whitby high­lighted a lack of po­lice re­sources to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. He said: “I do not think it’s get­ting the fo­cus it needs. If you deal with what I term low level crime ef­fec­tively at an early stage, it pre­vents it get­ting out of hand.”

Chief In­spec­tor Rob Hill said: “We are aware that knives were found at the skate park in Stan­ground.

“We are work­ing with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and the Youth and Lo­cal­ity Team around anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and en­gage­ment with young peo­ple who use the skate park as well as the pos­si­bil­ity of a day of ac­tion. In the mean­time pa­trols will be car­ried out in the area as and when of­fi­cers are avail­able.”

The shel­ter at Stan­ground Skate Park and, inset, the knives.

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