Police seize nearly 300 blades in campaign for safer streets

-Credit: (Image: PA)
-Credit: (Image: PA)

Nearly 300 blades have been taken off the streets in a dedicated South Yorkshire Police campaign.

Officers in every district have been carrying out operations to seize these weapons over the past month, following Sceptre, the national week of action to tackle knife crime. Operations included uniformed and plain-clothed patrols in knife crime hotspots, warrants, knife surrender bins, and land sweeps in areas known to be used for stashing weapons.

Officers also sent cease and desist letters to people expecting to receive weapons from overseas - but whose packages were intercepted by UK Border Force.

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Seized weapons include:

  • 233 knives

  • 15 machetes

  • 26 axes

  • 18 swords

Superintendent David Cowley, who is the force lead for knife crime, said: "Our officers continue to show our dedication in taking these out right appalling weapons off our streets.

"Unfortunately, we have seen some recent incidents where people have sadly died or were seriously injured as a result of knife crime. This is not acceptable. These incidents have left family's grieving and communities rightly shaken-up.

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"Please be assured, we are working together with our partners to reduce these incidents and make the streets of South Yorkshire safe for everyone to enjoy.

"If you see our officers around and have any concerns, please do stop and take to them. They are here to help."