Crack­down on il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of knives

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

DYFEDPOWYS Po­lice is crack­ing down on il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of knives as part of Oper­a­tion Scep­tre, a na­tional a week of ac­tion that runs from Septem­ber 18 to 24.

The aim of the week is to in­crease aware­ness about the dan­gers of car­ry­ing knives and the laws around buy­ing and sell­ing knives and blades.

Knife amnesty bins will also be placed around the force area for peo­ple to hand over knives or blades.

Us­ing in­tel­li­gence, of­fi­cers will tar­get peo­ple who think it’s okay to carry a knife in pub­lic, and ac­tion will be taken if any­one is found with one in their pos­ses­sion without a valid rea­son for car­ry­ing it.

The force wants to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the laws sur­round­ing buy­ing and car­ry­ing knives and will be work­ing with part­ners such as Trad­ing Stan­dards and Crimestop­pers to com­bat the is­sue.

Su­per­in­ten­dent for spe­cial­ist op­er­a­tions Craig Tem­ple­ton said: “The dam­age caused by knives, not just to the vic­tim and their fam­i­lies, but also to the wider com­mu­nity, can be dev­as­tat­ing. We will be do­ing all we can to spread the mes­sage that car­ry­ing a knife is not okay.”

Dur­ing the week, of­fi­cers will be us­ing their pow­ers to stop and search in­di­vid­u­als who are be­lieved to be car­ry­ing knives. Ed­u­ca­tional vis­its to schools, col­leges and youth clubs are also planned, to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of car­ry­ing knives among young peo­ple and their teach­ers.

A knife amnesty will run from Septem­ber 18 to Mon­day, Septem­ber 24, with amnesty bins lo­cated at cer­tain po­lice sta­tions around the force.

No ques­tions will be asked at the point of sur­ren­der, and no pa­per­work will be taken.

Knife sur­ren­der bins will be lo­cated at Llanelli po­lice sta­tion un­til Septem­ber 24 from 9am to 5pm.

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