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NEARLY 300 KNIVES SEIZED BY POLICE DURING OPERATION SPECTRE

Fpmkilqx0ayiacyHampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary has seized 281 knives and made 7 knife-related arrests during the national knife crime week known as Op Sceptre.

Tackling knife crime and serious violence is a key priority for the Force, and Op Sceptre, which is held twice a year, is an opportunity for efforts to be intensified to make communities safer.

The week of action ran from 13th to 19th May, and hundreds of knives were taken off the streets through the surrender bins, knife sweeps, knife arches, stop and searches, and warrants.

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Activity Number of operations
Knife sweep 27
Surrender bins 25
Stop and Search 30
Warrants 6
Arrests 20
School engagements 95
Knife Surrender

There were 25 Knife surrender bins installed around the districts to provide a safe way for the public to anonymously dispose of knives and offensive weapons, as a result 264 weapons were disposed of. In Eastleigh and Isle of Wight, innovative schemes were set up whereby officers visited addresses to collect banned knives and weapons from individuals who were unable to access a surrender bin.

A full list of permanent surrender bin locations can be found here.

Test Purchasing

Test purchases were carried out at various retails outlets where knives are available to purchase across the districts, and a total of 28 tests were carried out and two businesses failed. In each of the 28 premises, business managers and staff were spoken with to educate them about the law and procedures for knife sales and we will continue to support and collaborate with businesses to make our communities safer.

Test purchasing is when officers or volunteers will visit a business and attempt to buy a knife to spot check age compliance with the sale of knives. It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, and all businesses should be following the Challenge 25 law, this is when someone trying to purchase a knife who appears under 25 will be required to provide proof of age.

Diversion Visits

Visits were also made by police and jointly with partners to 40 individuals who have been involved in knife crime in the last two years to deliver education and diversion to them about sentences for knife crime offences, the dangers of carrying knives which makes you more likely to be a victim of knife crime and signposting them to services for support and information.

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In 2021, The Offensive Weapons Act changed in legislation, banning the possession of any banned knife or weapon in a private setting, including in your own home

A full list of the banned offensive weapons can be found online at Selling, buying and carrying knives and weapons – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tactical lead for knife crime, Inspector Sarah Nicholson, said:

“Officers across the Force have enhanced the focus on knife crime during Op Sceptre week, maximising opportunities to educate and reassure communities, pursuing individuals involved in knife crime and collaborating with partners.  The reduction and prevention of knife crime is a constant focus for the Force and the work will continue throughout the year in conjunction with the Violence Reduction Partnership to make our communities safer.”

We want to encourage communities and young people to report information about weapon-enabled crime and other offences either by reporting it to police on 101 or by giving that information anonymously through independent charity, Crimestoppers or their under 18s service called Fearless, which can be accessed via Fearless.org or by calling 0800 555 111.

Any parents and professionals concerned about knife crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can visit Safe4Me for advice, help and support.

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ExtraD
ExtraD
25 days ago

264 from surrender bins (not seizure), this is why statistics sucks, all it does is encourage stat juking and stat padding

P M
P M
25 days ago

The figures make it look as if it has been a real success, but when you take into consideration that these figures are for the whole of Hampshire as well as the Island….. What are the figures for the Island?

its me
its me
24 days ago

Look I have said this before….is anyone out there that can not see that the suppliers have to be stopped from selling these terrifying knives.
They are displayed for SALE in shop windows on the Island, why???
You can buy a machete on a very well known online site, why, who needs a Machete?
Who needs those violent, absolutely terrifying knives that are freely on display to buy….WHO?

RinTinTin
RinTinTin
Reply to  its me
22 days ago

Will make no odds what so ever. Have you ever seen a meat cleaver? Large kitchen knife? Why waste time trying to plug an unpluggable hole. What is needed is an immediate jail term of say 5 years for carrying a knife without good reason. This would be quicker and cheaper and more effective than trying to police random retailers who will just find other ways to sell their goods.

Stainless Steel Rat
Stainless Steel Rat
Reply to  its me
22 days ago

Where?
I know of only one shop on the Island that openly sells knives and they are damned careful whom they sell them to.
Additionally, the vast majority of knife crime involves kitchen knives. The “Zombie” knives just make for better press coverage.

RinTinTin
RinTinTin
23 days ago

Find this all to be a bit of an insult to be honest. I gave police clear CCTV of my neighbour prowling about around my flat with a knife drawn and ready to strike yet no action has been taken to date. Happened over a month ago now. I guess I have to be injured before they put down their cuppa’s and do something. Op Sceptre has been a huge PR success for the police I’m sure. For the man on the street? Probably less safe than ever before as Facebook arguments seem to carry more weight than an actual crime where somebody is at risk of harm.

 

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