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In conjunction with the City of London Police and the British Transport Police, the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Sceptre had a bumped week. Over the last week, a total of 518 knives, 11 firearms and 50 offensive weapons were recovered. In total, officers made 622 arrests, including 180 for possession of a knife or an offensive weapon. These numbers are accurate up until the last count, 12:00 on the 27th of June.
The various teams carried out numerous weapon sweeps and had to rely on intelligence to complete the operations. The members of Operation Sceptre also proactively targeted repeated knife crime offenders as well as those wanted in knife-related offences and violent crime.
Operation Sceptre’s task force team, about 100 officers, was also deployed to work closely with borough officers in knife crime hotspots. Acting Detective Chief Superintendent, Sean Yates, Silver Lead for Operation Sceptre, said: “The introduction of the Taskforce team working closely with boroughs has allowed us to create a more co-ordinated and consistent approach to reducing knife crime by carrying out intense weapon sweeps, intelligence-led stop and search and tackling those offenders who are wanted in connection with knife-related offences and violent crime. This type of activity is essential and has a real impact; however it will only ever be part of the solution. We are starting to see a mobilisation from the community against knife crime and we need this to continue. We need to change attitudes to carrying knives and are encouraging key people in positions of influence to drive this messaging forward. It is those individuals who will have the biggest impact on getting the message out there to young people that it is not acceptable to carry a knife.”
As a part of Operation Sceptre, the Metropolitan Police have left knife bins around London as an added effort to get knives off the street. If you are interested in seeing where they are, you can find them at http://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime.
If you have information about anyone carrying a knife and want to confidentially let Operation Sceptre and the Met Police know, you can call your local police via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
What is Operation Sceptre?
Operation Sceptre is a six phase anti-knife initiative that started in October 2016 and will run until the 23rd of October 2017. Although it is a Metropolitan Police initiative, Operation Sceptre is including a further 23 UK police forces in its attempt to reduce the number of knives on the streets. As well as actively tackling knife-crime and those importing knives, Operation Sceptre is also educating young people in schools and cultural centres.
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