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Lincolnshire Police in crackdown on knife crimes

Lincolnshire Police is cracking down on illegal possession of knives as part of Operation Sceptre, a national week of action that runs from today until Sunday.

The aim of the week is to increase awareness about the dangers of carrying knives and how the police are working to keep them off the streets.

Nationally, there were just under 40,000 incidents involving knives last year and 89% were either robberies or violent assaults.

Lincolnshire is one of the safest places in the country in relation to knife crime, the police say.

The county recorded 33 knife or sharp instrument related incidents per 100,000 population in the year up to September 2018, compared with the national average of 73.

During the week, officers will be in Lincoln, Grantham and Boston speaking with local residents.

Chief Inspector Steve Williamson said: "Carrying

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Chief Inspector Steve Williamson said: "Carrying knives changes lives. If someone chooses to carry a knife, a minor issue can quickly escalate into something much more serious, have fatal consequences and ruin lives.

“Although Lincolnshire experiences much less knife crime than the country’s larger cities, we still do everything within our power to tackle knife crime as the impact on communities can be devastating.

“This is about getting knives off our streets and keeping communities safe – if you suspect someone is carrying a weapon please report it straight away.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: "In 2018 we saw an increase of 21% where someone had been found in possession of a knife or a blade*.

“This is in large part because of the proactive focus of Lincolnshire Police in detecting people who choose to carry weapons. In the future they’ll be further improving the way they target frequent offenders too, enabling the frontline to use their powers to search them at every opportunity.

“Maintaining a grip on removing weapons from our streets is vital to ensuring Lincolnshire remains as one of the safety places to live and should be applauded."

Lincolnshire Police say 212 crimes were recorded in 2018 in relation to possession of knives or sharp instruments – an increase of 21% on 2017’s figure of 175.

They added: "We are dedicated to increasing stop search where we can in order to identify and deter those who carry knives."


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