A campaign to combat knife crime in Leicestershire has led to eighteen arrests and the confiscation of more than two-hundred knives.
The week long operation, named ‘Operation Sceptre’, targeted people carrying knives on the streets of Leicestershire.
The crackdown started on Saturday 22 September and was part of national campaign designed to deter and detect the carrying of knives.
The operation resulted in 18 arrests, nine of which were directly related to knives. Police also carried out 35 stop and searches, which also led to arrests and recovered 11 knives.
The surrender bins placed at Mansfield House, Loughborough, Spinney Hill and Wigston police stations saw more than 220 knives handed in.
Officers executed a search warrant at a property in Loughborough where they recovered an axe and a crossbow.
Knife sweeps were conducted by officers across the city, where they recovered a knife from communal grounds close to the train station and a hammer off park land next to Sturdee Road, in Eyres Monsell.
A knife arch at Leicester train station also saw hundreds of people pass through it in the course of just a few hours.
Test purchase operations at seven stores in Leicester took place with all businesses successfully passing.
Officers also went into Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General hospitals to highlight the consequences of knife crime on emergency services.
Sergeant Glen Iceton, knife crime coordinator for Leicestershire Police, helped lead the operation. He said: “Operation Sceptre has led to some tangible and impressive results which will feed into our on-going work to tackle knife crime and reduce the number of people carrying knives.”
“Officers successfully recovered a number of highly dangerous weapons through their hard work, meaning there are now less knives on our streets.”
“It was particularly pleasing that no stores tested sold knives to underage youngsters and requested to see relevant ID. This shows that our work to educate businesses is also proving successful and our messages are getting through.”
“Knife crime adds to the already heavy strain on emergency services and so our aim is to take as many knives off the street as possible, whether that’s by using our powers of arrest or educating people to stop carrying knives.”