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Police to use stop-and-search powers in crackdown on knife crime

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Police forces across Wales are set to ramp up stop and search activity as part of a UK-wide blitz on knife crime.

All forces in Wales and England are taking part in the week-long crackdown codenamed Operation Sceptre.

From Tuesday, officers will increase their use of stop-and-search powers, carry out weapons sweeps and target habitual blade carriers.

Knife crime has been under the spotlight after a spate of fatal stabbings in 2018.

Official statistics released in July showed police in Wales and England recorded 40,147 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending March 2018, a 16% increase compared with the previous 12 months.

Carrying a knife is a crime which brings that added risk that a minor issue can escalate into something much more serious and potentially life changing.

The damage caused by knives, not just to the victim and their families, but also to the wider community, can be devastating. We will be doing all we can to spread the message that carrying a knife is not ok...

While Dyfed-Powys has not experienced the high volume of knife-related incidents seen in other forces, we will be supporting our police colleagues nationally by taking part in Operation Sceptre.

We will work with residents, partner agencies, the business community and schools to reduce the number of knives on our streets.

– Superintendent Craig Templeton, Dyfed Powys Police