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Knife bin created in Romford to surrender weapons as part of Operation Sceptre

17:58 17 October 2016

Phase six of Operation Sceptre has  launched to tackle knife crime. Picture Met Police.

Phase six of Operation Sceptre has launched to tackle knife crime. Picture Met Police.

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A Bin has been created for people to surrender their knives in Romford.

Weapon sweeps and “intelligent stop and searches” will also increase this week as the Met Police launch a new phase of Operation Sceptre to tackle knife crime.

More than 1,100 activities are taking place across London and in the borough as part of this initiative, including proactive operations to tackle those wanted in connection with knife-related offences and violent crime.

The Bin can be found at Romford Police station, Main Road, Romford.

Det Ch Supt Jim Stokley, head of the Met’s Trident Command, said: “Too many families have been devastated by knife crime with even one person being stabbed being one too many.

“We welcome the national support for this campaign which further reinforces our commitment to reduce knife crime, gang culture and remove knives from dangerous hands.

“We are doing all we can to ensure that the momentum continues throughout the week.”

During previous weeks of action, more than 4,729 weapon sweeps have been conducted, more than 1,036 weapons have been recovered and removed from the streets of London, hundreds of shops have been visited with Trading Standards officers to test whether knives are being sold to those under the age of 18, and more than 1,900 people have been arrested including 341 for possessing a knife or offensive weapon.

Officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command have been delivering educational presentations to young people in schools, with more than 14,000 students across London learning about the consequences of carrying knives.

Young people arrested in connection with knife-related crime are also provided with information on activities such as the Prince’s Trust and other diversionary schemes prior to their release from custody.

Officers make use of this “teachable moment” in order to make knife carriers aware of the penalties associated with knife crime, activities available to divert away from knife crime and the availability of assistance with gang culture exit strategies.

Advice for those involved in knife crime or concerned about somebody else’s safety can visit met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime.

A map showing the location of all knife bins across London is also available on the website.

If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives please contact your local police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For news updates and Sceptre Six activities follow borough police Twitter feeds and @MetPoliceUK and #stopknifecrime.

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