Operation Sceptre, the national week of action against knife crime, took place between 11th and 18th March and was proactively supported by Suffolk Constabulary. The operation highlights the risks that carrying a bladed weapon can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives.
Officers carried out weapons sweeps in Alexandra Park, Christchurch Park in Ipswich as well as other public areas in the town centre. A knife, three screwdrivers and scissors were recovered.
Police also delivered a number of knife awareness sessions into schools across the county as part of our revitalised programme of educational inputs to address the issues directly to young people and children.
Knife amnesty bins across the county exist to give people the opportunity to dispose of knives and blades safely. Since the Bin a Blade campaign was launched in Suffolk in 2011, 23,856 bladed items have been deposited and destroyed. A new knife amnesty bin was installed near the junction of Stricklands Road and Ipswich Street in Stowmarket on Monday 11 March.
Three knife bins are located in Ipswich (outside the Fire Station, Queen’s Way and Bramford Road) and at police stations in Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Sudbury and Haverhill. Apart from the newly installed Stowmarket bin, the amnesty bins were last emptied in September 2018.
Full details for this news item including results can be viewed via the Suffolk Constabulary webpage – https://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/03-04-2019/results-successful-knife-crime-week-action
Anyone with information on knife crime in their local community is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.
For more information and advice about knife crime do look at our website www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/personal-safety/knife-crime
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Police Connect Team