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North West police forces work together in crackdown on imported weapons

These are some of the weapons that have been seized by Lancashire Police. Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Police forces across the North West have teamed up in a major crackdown on criminals importing dangerous weapons via post.

In the last month 180 knives, swords and other offensive weapons, that had been ordered online to be sent to people in the North West, have been intercepted.

Many of the weapons were disguised and labelled as something completely different, according to Lancashire Police.

Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Police forces in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales have been working with the National Crime Agency as part of the initiative.

Martial arts swords, hunting and butterfly knives, knuckle dusters and skinning knives, including taser devices disguised as car fobs are only some of the weapons that have been seized by Border Control.

Detective Superintendent Ryan Davies from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit said:

Thanks to this intelligence-led, co-ordinated operation a significant number of knives and weapons have been seized and won’t make it to the streets of our region, where they can cause serious harm.

"This operation is a powerful example of how collaborative working is making a difference in the fight against serious and organised crime in the North West."

– Detective Superintendent Ryan Davies

Chief Inspector Steven Anderton, from Lancashire Constabulary's Violence Reduction Unit, said:

This operation highlights the fantastic collaborative work of six police forces and our partner agencies to tackle the importation of weapons that could be used to seriously harm members of our communities.

"We will continue local initiatives such as stop and search, educational visits and will respond robustly to community concerns, and we will continue to work closely with border forces and partner agencies to intercept packages containing offensive weapons in a bid to tackle knife crime."

– Chief Inspector Steven Anderton

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