Cowes’ Neighbour Policing Team have successfully recovered a knife from a skate park in the town thanks to the efforts of local metal detectorists.
Officers have recently worked with local metal detector enthusiasts to conduct a sweep of public areas in a bid to locate hidden and discarded knives.
Cowes Skate Park was the latest target area for the operation, resulting in a knife being discovered and taken off the streets.
Last year, 315 children and young people (Under 25) were caught in possession of a bladed implement across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Over the past 3 years, Hampshire Constabulary has seen a year on year increase in this age group caught carrying knives.