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Nearly 700 knives taken off Thames Valley streets

They were surrendered during a week-long operation aimed at reducing knife crime.

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:33am 3rd April 2019. 3-minute read.

Nearly 700 knives taken off Thames Valley streets

686 knives have been handed into police in the Thames Valley, as part of an attempt to cut knife crime.

There were surrender bins at police stations, including Aylesbury, for a week in March.

This was to prevent unwanted knives from finding their way onto the streets.

In total 686 knives and bladed articles were handed in following the 733 that were surrendered at the end of 2018.

A number of other proactive activities were undertaken across the force to tackle knife crime.

This included the use of knife arches in public areas such as train stations and schools, educational visits to students and local businesses, weapon sweeps, test purchase operations and warrants.

Superintendent Rebecca Mears, the officer responsible for coordinating Operation Sceptre at Thames Valley Police, said:

"This is a great result and it is encouraging to see that the public have continued to support this campaign so positively. I am pleased that so many knives and other bladed articles are now off the streets, thanks to members of the public voluntarily coming forward and surrendering them.

"This has built well on the previous phase of Operation Sceptre, and we look forward to continuing this in the next phase later this year.

"Tackling violent crime and the exploitation of young people remains a priority for Thames Valley Police.

"We continue to work collaboratively with our partners across Thames Valley to reduce the threat of knife crime and its impact on our communities. By working together we are able to better share knowledge to disrupt and prevent this type of crime and safeguard victims.

"If you need to report a knife related crime to the Police, please report it to us online via our website, call 101 or dial 999 in an emergency if there is an immediate danger to life."

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