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40 arrested as police crackdown on knife crime

The initiative was part of the nationwide Operation Sceptre Credit: Essex police

Almost 20 weapons have been seized by police and 40 people have been arrested as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.

Officers and Special Constables from local policing teams executed warrants, carried out roadside checks and high-visibility patrols.

They also visited 50 schools and more than 70 retail premises.

In total 12 knives, including a sword and a machete were seized, as well as seven other weapons, including a hammer, a dumbbell, and an iron bar.

It is not acceptable to carry a knife on our streets. It does not make you safer, it puts lives at risk, and it could result in you being sent to prison.

I don’t want the communities of Essex or those who carry knives to be under any illusions – our work to tackle this is does not stop now the week of action is over.

The whole community has a role to play in tackling this issue and we also need members of the public to contact us if they know of someone who is carrying a knife.

– Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet

Police investigate after body of a woman found inside house

The property has been sealed off for investigations to take place. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched into the "unexplained" death of a woman in Norwich.

Forensic teams are still at the site of the house in Godric Place in Bowthorpe Road where the body of the woman was found yesterday (July 29th.)

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police were called to the address following reports for the safety of a woman.

Police told ITV News Anglia that officers were making initial enquiries and the death was currently being treated as unexplained.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Man in 'life-threatening' condition after being kicked in the head

No weapons were seen and police believe this was an isolated incident. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man in his 40s is in a life threatening condition in hospital after he was attacked in Basildon.

The victim was kicked in the head near Market Pavement around 7 o'clock on Friday 28th July.

The suspect, who's described as white and between 20 and 30 years old then left the scene. He was said to have mousey brown hair, and was wearing a grey t-shirt and jeans

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, as they believe there were a number of witnesses near the immediate area at the time.

Man jailed for sexually grooming and abducting child

Ricky McGovern pleaded guilty to eight charges Credit: Suffolk police

A 32-year-old man from Essex has been jailed for a number of sexual offences against a child and abduction.

Ricky McGovern was arrested in Brightlingsea in connection with offences against a teenage girl from Suffolk.

He and the victim were located following a three-day police operation investigating the abduction.

McGovern had made contact with the victim via a messaging app, before arranging to meet near her home, when he then drove her back to Essex.

He was handed a 14-year sentence and will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Restraining Order for an unlimited period.

Ricky McGovern is a predator who had been issued a previous sexual offences prevention order prohibiting him from contacting any female under the age of 16.

Despite this he actively sought out the victim online and groomed her, ultimately leading to her abduction and sexual exploitation. I cannot begin to imagine the fear and worry the victim’s family went through and I am pleased we were able to successfully locate her and reunite her with them.

– Detective Constable Reuben Brame, of Suffolk Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People Directorate
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