Sussex works to fight knife crimes during national week of action

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WORK for knife fighting crime It will be concentrated across the county as part of the national week of action.

Operation Scepter aims to highlight and enhance the proactive work done to protect communities from knife-related violence, as well as educate people about the fight against knife crime.

during the week education and practice, police in Sussex will conduct high-visibility, plain-clothes patrols and carry out knife scans at hotspots.

Police are also taking initiatives to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives among vulnerable and at-risk groups of people, including in school classes, and are working with partners to refer people to support services for help and advice.

Chief Inspector Simon Yates, the force’s head of knife crime and serious violence officer, said: “Sussex is a safe place to live and work and we are committed to keeping it that way.

“Besides our educational activity, we continue to conduct targeted intelligence-driven operations in Sussex to enforce sanctions against those found to be carrying and using knives.

“These dangerous weapons have no place on our streets and we will continue to harass and prosecute criminals.”

Knife forgiveness boxes will be available at stations across the county to allow people to safely dispose of dangerous knives and knives without question.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Every year, a large number of young people die from stab wounds, losing their life or their future.

“We need to send the message that carrying a knife will not make you safer or respectable, but may make you the target of violence or get you a criminal record.

“If you or someone you know is walking around with a knife, consider the consequences. Throw them in the county pardon boxes or leave them in the kitchen or workshop drawer where they belong – lose the knife, not a life.”

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