Lincolnshire Police support national knife crime campaign

Officers from Lincolnshire Police will be visiting local schools and speaking to residents this week as part of a national ‘targeted week of action’ against knife crime.

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The ‘targeted week of action’ follows a 21% increase in knife crime in England and Wales – with incidents in Lincolnshire rising by 4% from June 2016 to June 2017. Photo: Ian Britton/Flickr.

As part of Operation Sceptre, forces across the country will also carry out ‘weapon sweeps’ and investigate whether shops will sell knifes to those under 18.

It comes after an increase in knife crime by 21% in England and Wales – with incidents in Lincolnshire rising by 4% from June 2016 to June 2017.

In a statement, Inspector for Lincoln, Steve Williamson said Lincolnshire remains ‘an incredibly safe place to live in or visit’.

“Thankfully we don’t experience the levels of knife crime that some parts of the country do and we are working hard to keep it that way.  We are supporting the week by speaking with communities but we won’t rule out further action in the future.

“During this week we will be visiting young people in schools in Boston and please look out for us in Lincoln’s city centre where we will be to answer any questions you have.

“Part of this campaign is also about raising awareness at transport hubs, so we are looking at working with those including the bus station in Lincoln,” he said.

Inspector Williamson then went on to add: “Raising awareness for us is very much an ongoing thing, but if anyone suspects that someone is carrying a knife please contact us and we will attend straight away to search that person.”

Carrying certain knives or bladed articles without good reason or lawful authority is an offence.

In an emergency where there is a danger to life that relates to knife crime please dial 999.  For other concerns relating to knives please dial 101.

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