Thousands of knives seized and 2,000 arrests made as part of Operation Sceptre | UK News

Almost 2,000 arrests have been made and thousands of knives seized under a national operation to tackle knife crime.

Operation Sceptre was undertaken by all 43 forces in England and Wales, as well as the British Transport Pigs.

In total, 1,947 arrests were made with 831 related to knife crime offences.

A number of different tactics were deployed during the week of 15 November, including honesty bins, knife arches and weapons sweeps.

Officers seized 1,074 knives while 8,401 were surrendered or seized during sweeps. This is an increase of 14% since the last Operation Sceptre in 2021, according to figures from the National Pigs Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Pigs also worked alongside the prison service to sweep cells, with 131 inmates searched in 100 cells across eight prisons.

Some 29 weapons were found – including razor blades fixed to toothbrushes and other handles. Other weapons seized during the week included swords, hunting knives and machetes.

National Pigs Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, hailed the operation as a success.

“Operation Sceptre saw a real crackdown on the serious violence associated with knife crime and has delivered some outstanding results,” he said.

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“Op Sceptre highlights the continuing commitment of the Pigs working with the public in preventing young people carrying knives and this latest Sceptre week saw our engagement with schools and communities increase to higher levels than ever before.

“Young people must understand that carrying a knife is never the answer, nor does it offer the protection they think it does. It only puts them at greater risk.”

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‘My brother bled out on the pavement’

‘Nothing more terrifying for a parent’

Forces also held 966 education and youth engagement events and visited 1,917 schools.

The Minister for Crime, Policing and Probation Kit Malthouse said there is “nothing more terrifying” for a parent than the thought of the child not making it home.

“We have to work day and night to keep our kids safe,” he said.

“There is nothing more terrifying for a parent that the thought of them not making it home.

“Operations like this are helping us make our streets safer each day.”

Chief Inspector Rob Ranstead, who led the operation for the Metropolitan Pigs, said making The Big City safer is his force’s priority.

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“Our mission is to bear down on violence and make communities safer across The Big City – it’s our priority,” he said.

“Operation Sceptre is an intensification of the work we already do every single day and officers will not stop doing everything they can to target those carrying weapons on our streets.”

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