60 knives surrendered in Scarborough and Ryedale during national week of action against knife crime

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North Yorkshire Police received 60 knives last week, which were surrendered as part of Operation Sceptre - a national week of action against knife crime.

The operation ran from last Monday to Sunday and was a coordinated week of activity encouraging members of the public, children, young people and their parents to hand in any knives or bladed weapons to local police stations to be safely disposed of.

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A spokeswoman for the force said: "Operation Sceptre resulted in a number of arrests for bladed articles, several interventions under Operation Divan, and Trading Standards making a number of test purchases across the region.

"Across Scarborough and Ryedale, around 60 knives were surrendered."

Officers distributed posters across the region’s schools, educating children about the dangers of carrying knives and ensuring they know what to do should they come across a knife or bladed weapon.

Officers also want to engage with members of the public who might have decorative knives in their possession, encouraging them to surrender these and ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands.

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North Yorkshire Police Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton, said: “Instances of knife crime in North Yorkshire are very low and we are committed to keeping it that way.

"Operation Sceptre provides an important opportunity to continue the conversation about knife crime, helping children and young people understand the dangers and potentially fatal consequences of carrying a knife, whilst providing support for them and their families.”

North Yorkshire Police also worked alongside Trading Standards throughout the week to educate and support retailers.

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In addition Op Sceptre, North Yorkshire Police established Operation Divan in May 2018 with the aim of identifying and supporting young people who may be thinking of, or already carrying weapons or knives.

Working together with key partners such as the Youth Justice Service and other agencies, vulnerable young people are identified as early as possible and one-to-one support and education about the risk and harm of weapons is offered. Issues such as ‘county lines’ drug dealing, child sexual exploitation and bullying are also discussed.

North Yorkshire Police Sergeant Neil Northend who oversees youth engagement spoke about the campaign: “By using the Op Divan process we are able to identify and speak with those young people at an early stage, who are thinking of using or carrying a weapon.

"Police, along with partner agencies, can then gain the right support for the young person and their family. Looking to ‘steer’ them away from this risk-taking behaviour whilst at the same time raising awareness around the dangers of carrying a weapon.”