POLICE in West Lancashire joined forces across the country to support a national week of ‘intensive action’ against knife crime.
Operation Sceptre, ran from April 26 until May 2, and takes place nationally twice a year, supporting the work Lancashire Police does to ensure people across the county feel safe from knife crime.
In West Lancashire, knife bins are situated at Tanhouse Community Centre, Digmoor Evermoor Hub, and by Ormskirk Police station.
Last Thursday, April 29 police neighbourhood teams searched areas in Digmoor for knives and other offensive weapons. Among the first finds were two large knives.
On Sunday, May 2 the neighbourhood policing team was at Asda Skelmersdale to answer questions. As part of Op Sceptre, police also used their mobile police station as a knife amnesty drop-off point. Any knives brought could be dropped off and no questions asked.
A spokesperson for West Lancashire Police said: “Across West Lancashire people in primary schools and high schools have been spoken to about knife crime. That includes the effect of carrying knifes and everything to do with knife crime.
“We have also been concentrating on our knife bins. These allow people to anonymously dispose of knifes. There is no crime involved. Thank you to everyone who has used these facilities and used our bins effectively. We really appreciate that, and we want to thank residents for their support.
“The Neighbourhood Policing team would like to thank everyone who stopped to talk to us today at ASDA.
“The initiative also saw officers working with partner organisations to conduct a week-long range of activities. These included visiting local shops to give advice on the laws on selling knives, conducting knife sweeps in public places, and using metal detecting arches and wands in public places to identify people who are carrying knives.
“We have also been out and about again letting residents know about our Lancashire Talking service, which let’s police know what it’s like to live in your area and gives residents the chance to tell police what issues matter most to them.”