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Knife recovered in Elm Park weapon sweep

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 February 2020

PCSO Jackie Whitelocker, PCSO Pete Bullen, Councillors, Stephanie Nunn, Paull Middleton and Gerry O’Sullivan participate in a knife sweep in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

PCSO Jackie Whitelocker, PCSO Pete Bullen, Councillors, Stephanie Nunn, Paull Middleton and Gerry O’Sullivan participate in a knife sweep in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

Stephanie Nunn

Councillors, police officers and volunteers came together to help rid Elm Park streets of potential weapons.

PCSO Jackie Whitelocker, PCSO Pete Bullen, Councillors, Stephanie Nunn, Paull Middleton and Gerry O’Sullivan participate in a knife sweep in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie NunnPCSO Jackie Whitelocker, PCSO Pete Bullen, Councillors, Stephanie Nunn, Paull Middleton and Gerry O’Sullivan participate in a knife sweep in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

Organised by police community support officer (PCSO), Jackie Whitelock, the initiative has recovered four knives in Havering in the last year, with the most recent one being recovered at the back of the shops in Diban Avenue.

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Running fortnightly, the project goes to town centres in Havering and places where youth socialise, such as parks and shops.

The team, this week of Jackie, PSCO Peter Bullen, and councillors Stephanie Nunn, Paul Middleton, Gerry O'Sullivan and volunteers went around the back of Station Parade, Tadworth Parade, Diban Avenue and in the car park next to Elm Park Library.

PCSO Jackie Whitelocker, PCSO Pete Bullen, Councillors, Stephanie Nunn, Paull Middleton and Gerry O’Sullivan participate in a knife sweep in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie NunnPCSO Jackie Whitelocker, PCSO Pete Bullen, Councillors, Stephanie Nunn, Paull Middleton and Gerry O’Sullivan participate in a knife sweep in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

According to Jackie, the knives are most often not discarded weapons but just knives that have been thrown away, and the aim is to keep them from being picked up by youths.

Jackie is part of the Havering Safer transport Team that also patrols buses and goes into schools.


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