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Operation Sceptre – how we are tackling knife crime in Bedfordshire

Whilst most people during this time are following government guidance by self-isolating and social distancing, gang members and criminals are still functioning in Bedfordshire.

Only this weekend (Saturday 21 March) there was a stabbing in Bedford.

Knife crime remains a priority for the force and we will continue to work hard to reduce the number of people who carry knives.

Operation Sceptre is week of action, running until Sunday (29 March) which aims to tackle knife crime and encourage people to think twice before carrying a weapon.

Originating from the Metropolitan Police, Operation Sceptre has since become a national campaign supported by police forces across the country, and previously we have carried out several successful weeks of action.

Our actions include high visibility patrols in areas with prolific knife crime reports, in a bid to provide reassurance to residents, and a visible deterrent to anyone in the area carrying, or considering carrying, a knife.

There are also a number of weapons bins around the county, and we are encouraging people to use these if they have a blade they need to dispose of.  Every knife surrendered into one of our amnesty bins is one less dangerous weapon in circulation on the streets, and in preparation for this week of action, our bins were emptied and we recovered a number weapons, including knives, a stun gun and hand guns.

Our activity isn’t just limited to a week of action - we regularly run similar operations throughout the year, patrolling our target areas and educating students in schools and colleges.

If you have any concerns about knife crime call police on 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999. 

You can find our amnesty bins here.

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