Sussex Police warn ‘knives take lives’ in weeklong crackdown
Sussex Police have carried out a week of raids and patrols to crack down on knife crime as part of a UK-wide initiative.
Operation Scepter, a national program that runs twice a year, aims to highlight the problem of knife crime and engage in proactive patrols to target known offenders.
Chief Inspector Simon Yates, Police Officer for Knife Crime and Serious Violence, said: “The bottom line is that knives take lives.
“These are extremely harmful things in the wrong hands, and it is crucial that we recognize them.
“Operation Scepter is about educating people about the dangers of knives. Many young people carry knives believing it will make them safer, and it is our duty to inform them that it actually does just the opposite, making them more likely to be victims themselves.
“Over the past week, we have been visiting schools with youth workers, showing children educational videos to try to emphasize this point in their homes.
“We have developed a game based on the dangers of carrying a knife. It puts young people in hypothetical situations involving them and a friend carrying a knife, and educates them about the risks and penalties involved.
As part of Operation Scepter, Sussex Police also carried out a number of proactive searches, with plainclothes and uniformed officers, targeting regular knife bearers and vendors.
A raid focused on a house in Bexhill, which was allegedly at the basis of suspicion of illegal knife sales.
“Today (November 20) we executed a number of warrants across Sussex. One of them just happened in Bexhill, after we received information suggesting that its owner was illegally importing and selling knives.
“The warrant was executed and the address searched, and it was found that there were no illegal weapons on the property.
“Some might see it as a negative thing, but I find it very reassuring actually. This sends a message to the community that we take the information we receive seriously, and hopefully this will serve to inform potential sellers that the law must be followed.
“Knife crime is approached in different ways. Sussex Police are examining the import, often with intelligence provided by the UK Border Agency. We also get information from community members and check various websites like eBay and etsy to find potential illegal sellers.