17 Jul 2017
‘Think before you act’ is the message from Dyfed-Powys Police to those who carry bladed weapons prior to the next week of action targeting knife crime.
Dyfed-Powys Police will be joining forces nationally involved in the next Operation Sceptre, a week of action taking place between Monday 17 to Sunday 23 July which aims to highlight the risks that carrying a bladed weapon can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives.
Officers from across the force will be targeting offenders connected with knife crime. There will be intelligence-led deployments, weapons sweeps and high-visibility patrols to target and disrupt offenders who carry and use knives. Neighbourhood policing teams will be visiting and liaising with known retailers and car boot sales to offer advice on legislation, the importance of challenging underage customers and to encourage the Challenge 25 policy.
Chief Inspector Angela Reed, lead for Operation Sceptre at Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “As part of our commitment to take as many knives and weapons off our streets as possible, we will highlight the dangers of carrying knives, and other weapons, and the devastating consequences this can have on the lives of young people and the community as a whole. We want to give people the opportunity to dispose of knives and blades safely during the week of action, therefore police stations will be accepting bladed articles voluntarily surrendered. I would also urge parents, families and friends to be aware, and report any concerns they have in respect of a loved one carrying or being in possession of a bladed weapon.
“Anyone found illegally in possession of a knife will be arrested, and brought to justice. Carrying knives or other weapons do not keep you safe. By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself. It’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon."
Anyone with information on knife crime in their local community is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.