Partnership joins forces to tackle knife crime

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Partner organisations are working with Staffordshire Police on an anti-knife campaign. 

Lichfield District Community Safety Partnership is working to highlight and reduce knife crime as part of Operation Sceptre, a national campaign that started on 15 November 2021. 

Staffordshire Police will be searching a number of locations across the district for discarded knives using a metal detector bought by the Community Safety Partnership to help support the operation. 

Lichfield District Council’s community safety and park teams along with staff from housing provider Bromford will join the police in searching hedgerows, shrubberies and other locations where knives may have been left. Lichfield Litter Legends and Burntwood Litter Heroes will also be on hand to help remove any litter found along the way. 

The knife and weapon sweeps will take place at a number of Lichfield and Burntwood parks as well as some residential areas across the district. 

Sgt Edward Ford, of Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“I really welcome the support from all the partner agencies. Overall knife crime in Lichfield District is low and we are committed to making sure it stays that way.

“Although we don’t have any specific information or intelligence about a particular area we’re searching, we know that in the past weapons, including knives, have been hidden in public areas with the intention to retrieve them at a later date. 

“This is why we’ve got a policing operation order for this week of intensification and are targeting a number of known sites to help keep our district safer.”

Councillor Angela Lax, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing & Health, added:

“Partnership work is really important as park staff and housing teams are the eyes and ears out in the community. We are really pleased to be working with the police on Operation Sceptre as we all want a safer district that is free of illegal weapons.”

This week Staffordshire Police, along with partners, will also be promoting the #DitchTheBlade campaign, which sets out the importance of everyone working together to tackle knife crime. 

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Published: 17 November 2021