The Force will be supporting our colleagues nationally as part of Operation Sceptre and officers will be using their stop and search powers where appropriate. We will have increased visibility in the areas with the highest number of recorded incidents. Officers will also be working to stop the sale of knives to under 18’s at part of this initiative.
Cheshire has thankfully not seen any knife related murders in Cheshire recently, people have been seriously injured. Officers need to act now and work with residents, partner agencies, the business community and schools to reduce the number of knives on streets. Local policing units are also working with young people themselves to spread the message that carrying a knife can ruin their life rather than save it.
Cheshire is ranked nine out of 42 (excluding the city of London and British Transport Police) for knife crime in all forces across the country but there is evidence that some areas of the county have a higher number of knife crime incidents than others. Those are the areas officers will be targeting and include Runcorn, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield and Widnes.
Using intelligence, the focus will be on people who think its OK to carry a knife in public, and severe action will be taken if anyone is found with one in their possession and doesn’t have a valid reason for carrying it.
During the initiative, police officers want to educate people about the laws surrounding buying and carrying knives and will be working with partners such as Trading Standards and Crimestoppers to combat the issue.
Knife surrender bins
Knife surrender bins will be available at the following police stations during Operation Sceptre from February 12 – 19th:
- Ellesmere Port
There will also be bins during this time at Macclesfield Recycling Centre in Gawsworth and Ellesmere Port Recycling Centre on Garth Road.
Cheshire Constabulary is working extremely hard to eradicate this crime and is working in partnership with Crimestoppers, an independent charity that encourages anyone with information to contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively call Cheshire Police on 101.