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Police In Major Knife Operation

Published by Yorkshire Coast Radio News at 10:57am 16th September 2019. (Updated at 12:24pm 16th September 2019)

Police in North Yorkshire and Humberside have begun a week of action against knife crime.

Operation Sceptre encourages members of the public, children, young people and their parents to hand in any knives or bladed weapons to local police stations so they can be safely disposed of.

Officers will be distributing posters across the region's schools, educating children about the dangers of carrying knives and ensuring they know what to do should they come across a knife or bladed weapon.

Officers also want to engage with members of the public who might have decorative knives in their possession, encouraging them to surrender these and ensure they don't end up in the wrong hands.

North Yorkshire Police Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton, said:

"Instances of knife crime in North Yorkshire are very low and we are committed to keeping it that way. Operation Sceptre provides an important opportunity to continue the conversation about knife crime, helping children and young people understand the dangers and potentially fatal consequences of carrying a knife, whilst providing support for them and their families."

Knife collection bins will be placed in Scarborough 8am to 8pm from Monday to Sunday. Opening times are subject to operational demand and may change at short notice.

North Yorkshire Police will also be working alongside Trading Standards throughout the week to educate and support retailers.  

Superintendent Joanne Roe is once again leading Op Sceptre for Humberside Police:

“No one needs to be reminded of the dangers of knife crime. We want to do everything we can to remove knifes from the streets of the Humberside Police Force area." she said.

"We are pleased to give our support to this national initiative once again and it give everyone an opportunity to get rid of knives and weapons that could potential cause injury or worse to someone in our area.

"Bins will be at every police station and so anyone can hand over knives safely and anonymously and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.

"In addition to supporting the weapons surrender, our officers will be conducting weapons sweeps, attending local schools as part of the #NoMoreKnives campaign and doing proactive patrols across our area.

"Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it doesn’t protect you and in fact it makes you more vulnerable and places you in danger of serious harm.

"We want to reassure the public that we do not have an escalating knife problem in our area however it is important that we raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knifes and to prevent anyone else suffering from knife crime.

"In February we had the magnificent Knife Angel in Hull, each knife on the sculpture was handed in in previous surrenders. The message the angel carries reminds us of the dangers of carrying knives – dozens of names of knife crime victims are engraved on the sculpture, a stark reminder to us all of why we want to rid our streets of knives."

Knifes and weapons, including other items made or adapted for the sole purpose of causing injury to someone, can be handed in safely, bins are located at Bridlington Police Station until Sunday. 

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