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Operation Sceptre: police forces join national campaign to crack down on knife crime

Credit: The National Police Chiefs' Council

Police forces in the North West are taking part in a national week of action to help raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and the work being done to stop it.

Merseyside Police are beginning their week of action today - carrying out stop searches, weapons sweeps, opening knife amnesty bins, and increasing patrols in busy areas.

Police officers are urging communities to join the conversation and help to take weapons off the street together.

Operation Sceptre will see officers increasing their use of stop and search powers, conducting weapon sweeps and targeting habitual knife carriers. Credit: PA

Nobody wants to be a statistic and I want to appeal directly to parents and guardians - talk to your children about knife crime, educate them of the dangers and help us to make it socially unacceptable for anyone to carry a knife when they go out.

Most people probably don’t realise that carrying a knife can make a young person up to 60% more likely to become a victim of knife crime themselves.

– Inspector Andy Creer
This was found in a teenage boy's bag after he was stopped trying to leave a shop in Manchester city centre. Credit: GMP

In Greater Manchester, police are running a campaign in response to the rise of weapons being hidden in public places, rather than being carried by an offender.

"Open Your Eyes to Knives" will see the GMP force releasing photographs on their social media pages, and asking people to spot the hidden knife.

"Open Your Eyes to Knives": did you find the weapon hidden in this photo? Credit: GMP

The more knives that are on the streets only leads to one outcome - more people getting hurt - and we are determined to act to stop these implements getting into the wrong hands.

– Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts

People are being urged to join the conversation using the hashtag #StopKnifeCrime.