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Posted on Thursday 26 May 2022
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Five arrests have been made and several weapons were handed in as part of a week-long campaign to stop knife crime.

Deposits: A total of 25 weapons were left at knife bins installed in the receptions of Bishop Auckland, Durham City, Darlington and Peterlee police stations last week.These included items that are now prohibited from sale in the UK.

Arrest breakdown: Of those arrested, a man in his 20s was found with 11 weapons inside his address including samurai swords, lock knives and hunting knives, some of which are now illegal to possess, all of these weapons were seized.

A second man in his 40s was arrested for possession of a knife following a disturbance at an address.

A third man, in his 20s was found with two large knives inside his address and was arrested for aggravated burglary, criminal damage and affray, the knives were also seized.

Two houses searches also unearthed a large zombie knife and a pocket knife, both of these weapons were seized and both men were arrested for possession of a bladed article.

Education: A 10 year-old boy was found in possession of a lock knife whilst in a park, the knife was seized and the child was given advice and offered education around carrying weapons.

Visits: A total of 16 retail premises were visited by officers alongside Trading Standards and were provided guidance around new laws prohibiting the sale of articles and corrosive substances.

Durham Constabulary has one of the lowest levels of knife crime in the country and the force is committed to protecting our communities by tackling high-harm crime.

Inspector Michael Sammut, force lead for Operation Sceptre said: “Over recent years, County Durham and Darlington have consistently had one of the lowest rates of knife crime in the country.In the 12 months to March 2021, the most recent official figures available from the Office For National Statistics, there were 278 crimes involving a knife in the force area, the third lowest of all police forces in England.

“But Durham Constabulary remains determined to do more to reduce knife crime throughout the force area.”

Joy Allen, Police and Crime Commissioner for Darlington and County Durham, said: “Every knife surrendered is one less potential weapon. This week of action has reaped some excellent results but I want the public to know that the work does not stop here. Durham Constabulary is continually waging the battle against knife crime, something I wholeheartedly support.

“We must do everything we can to stop the hideous damage and sometimes fatal injuries brought about by bladed weapons. While the statistics show that our area is one of the lowest for knife crime none of us will stop working until that figure is lower still. One incident is one too many.”

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