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Teenagers warned about the consequences of carrying a knife as part of Operation Sceptre

28 Apr 2021

Officers from our force have visited a school in Dunstable to talk to students and encourage them to think twice before carrying a knife.

More than 200 teenagers from All Saints Academy attended the talk given by the force’s new Education and Diversion team as part of a week of action to combat knife crime. 

The students were shown examples of knife crime and the consequences of what could happen if they are caught carrying a knife, even if they think it’s for their own protection.

Other schools in the county have signed up to receive a similar talk from the team as part of Operation Sceptre, a national week of action which aims to tackle knife crime. 

A variety of different activities will be carried out by various teams in support of Operation Sceptre, which started yesterday (Monday) and runs until Sunday (2 May). 

Throughout the week, officers will be continuing to visit schools, working with partners such as StreetWatch, carrying out weapon sweeps and high visibility patrols in particular areas affected by knife crime, as well as engaging with and educating retailers.

Detective Chief Inspector Aaron Kiff said: “Knife crime has become a big issue in our society and it is important that we work hard to reduce the threat of knife crime and the impact it has on communities.

“This national week of action gives us the opportunity to show the proactive work we are doing to tackle knife crime and encourage our local communities to report any such criminality to us, as this helps us to build a better picture of the hotspot areas we need to target.

“There is no place for knife crime within society and we will continue to do what we can to tackle this.”

To report concerns about knife crime, please report via Bedfordshire Police's online reporting centre or call police on 101.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They will never ask for your name or try to trace the number that you're calling from.

In an emergency always dial 999.

If you have a knife and want to get rid of it, talk to an adult who you trust and find out more about where you can get help.

You can find out more about what we are doing to tackle serious youth violence at the Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation website.

For more information or support about getting out of a gang, please visit the Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit’s website.

 

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