One person has been arrested – and seven weapon sweeps have been carried out across the Isle of Wight – as part of a national week of action against knife crime.
Hampshire Constabulary officers were out in force on the Island last week for Operation Sceptre – a country-wide campaign to crackdown on knife-related violence.
The operation aims to highlight the risks that carrying a bladed weapon can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives.
Across the course of the week, police on the Island made one knife-related arrest and seized one blade during a stop and search.
Seven sweeps were carried out here, but no knives were recovered.
Overall, 19 knife-related arrests were made across Hampshire – with 140 knives seized.
Knife crime lead for Hampshire Constabulary, Temporary Superintendent Claire Taylor, said:
“Even though levels of knife crime in Hampshire and Isle of Wight are low, there is a continuing concern nationally around knife crime, which has seen an increase following a downward trend.
“Tackling violence remains a key priority for the Force and we intend to keep up the momentum.
“The work around knife crime is on-going daily business tackling knife offences, arresting those who carry knives and confiscating dangerous weapons.”
As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, teenagers from schools across the Island were paid a visit by Pride of Britain Winner, Omar Sharif earlier this week – as part of Operation Sceptre.
Speaking about the week of action on knife crime, Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“This week of action by the force is important and it is encouraging to see some significant and far reaching results, not only in terms of knifes seized and arrests but also in terms of engagement with partners and local communities.”
If you notice unusual activity in your street, or you are concerned about someone carrying a knife, call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.