Sydney knife crime blitz, 200 accused | Illawarra Mercury



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More than 200 people have been charged in a two-day knife crime blitz in Sydney. NSW Police seized 37 knives and carried out 121 drug detections in support of Operation Saber VI on Thursday and Friday. Seven hundred officers have been deployed to known crime hot spots, such as licensed premises and transport hubs. Notable busts included three knives and a stun device found in a Volkswagen Golf in Eastlakes, and three knives and a baseball bat found in a Honda sedan in Parramatta. Police believe the latter vehicle was involved in an assault in Campbelltown earlier today. When officers searched two teenagers at Parramatta station, they found a knife and an extendable baton. A replica of a pistol, grenade, knife and illegal drugs were discovered during a vehicle stop in Carlingford, with police charging a 42-year-old man with a series of weapons-related offenses . A 27-year-old woman in Miranda was arrested after being found with a knife and drugs, and was subsequently also charged with three pending arrest warrants. Deputy Commissioner Anthony Cooke said the aim of the operation was to identify and prosecute people who illegally carry knives or weapons in public and display antisocial behavior. The first Saber operation was carried out in February 2020 and was such a success that it was repeated five more times. “This continues to send the message to those who are involved in anti-social or criminal activity – your behavior will not be tolerated,” he added. said Commissioner Cooke. “If you choose to misbehave or commit offenses, you will end up in the back of a police truck and in court.” During the operation, the police also issued 450 travel instructions, 326 transport fines and more than 250 traffic fines. Associated Australian Press

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