Crackdown on knife crime

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Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in a national campaign tackling knife crime, working with partners to prevent young people from carrying knives.

Operation Sceptre is a week of action that runs until September 24th and aims to reduce the impact of knife crime in communities.

Whilst Cheshire has one of the lowest rates of knife crime in the country, the county has seen an increase in violent offending as part of a national trend.

As well as using stop and search powers to stop those who are suspected of carrying knives, officers will be working with partner agencies, such as Trading Standards and Crimestoppers, to educate people about the laws surrounding buying and carrying knives.

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: "Knife crime can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. Carrying a knife is a crime and we've seen in cases across Cheshire that minor issues can escalate into something much more serious and potentially life changing when people have knives in their possession which are ultimately used as weapons.

"I am pleased that police in Cheshire are doing all they can to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on our streets and I would encourage local residents who may have information about those who are illegally in possession of knives to come forward in confidence and report it."

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Sacha Hatchett said: "We will be supporting our colleagues nationally as part of the operation and officers will use their powers of stop and search where appropriate.

"Our officers will also be working with shopkeepers to stop the sale of knives to under 18s as part of the initiative. The law is quite simple. If you carry a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, you are facing a prison sentence."

Cheshire Constabulary is working to eradicate this crime in partnership with Crimestoppers, an independent charity that encourages anyone with information to contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively call Cheshire Police on 101.

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Graham Hall
Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 3:02 pm
The increase in knife crime is disturbing but it's not difficult to find the reasons for it .The Police budget cut backs have reduced the presence of police on the streets of our towns and cities .The allocation of )Police resources means that police now only react to the most serious incidents - its called prioritisation. This vacuum in law enforcement and deterrence of low level crime on the streets leaves the drug dealers free to ply their trade. the County lines strategy has seen the drug gangs from Manchester and Liverpool target our small towns .It's now common to see people sniffing coke in the toilets of Alderley Edges trendy bars . It also means that the drunk ,the stoned and the violent are free to intimidate anyone they choose . In the absence of the police people carry knives because those others who seek to intimidate them also carry knives,. This is not an excuse for knife crime but it does explain it. Low level crime has to be dealt with by the police and the courts otherwise it escalates into more serious lawlessness.This is how Mayor Rudolph Giuliani reduced New York city's rampant crime wave in the 1990s . This is still relevant today as Cheshires crime figures continue to increase along with the percentage of crimes that remain unsolved/ unprosecuted ( around 95%).
Chris Jones
Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 11:28 am
I agree with quite a lot of that Graham and mainly about the village, however if the Police are going to waste resources on rainbow flag waving and name calling then there can’t be any complaint about manpower. It just shows where priorities lie.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 24th September 2018 at 6:12 pm
There have been some changes in the village in the last few months and does anyone else wonder about this? ;(
My wife's nephew is in the Thames Valley Police and it is common in those parts. Things which may seem innocent and harmless may have something sinister lurking behind the facade
https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/food-drink/2017/06/cones-and-cocaine-ice-cream-vans-links-organised-crime
Yvonne Bentley
Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 7:17 am
This is a well known phenomenon in the North West. The burger van wars of the 90’s and the more recent ‘legitimate’ front of the milk bars in Manchester spring to mind