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AUDIO: Over 250 knives seized during Thames Valley Police crackdown

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Officers took targeted action on knife crime for 7 days, and made 35 arrests.

Last week, Thames Valley Police launched a proactive campaign using a range of tactics, from 'stop and search' to high-vis patrols and raids.

It was part of Op Sceptre, a national week of action to challenge and reduce the threat of knife crime.

From Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May, knife amnesty bins were placed into 11 police stations across the Thames Valley, allowing members of the public to dispose of unwanted knives safely, in order to prevent them from finding their way onto the streets. 

Overall, a total of over 250 knives and bladed articles were handed in throughout the week, 44 of those were in Oxfordshire.

Officers also carried out a number of other proactive activities, including 85 test purchase operations in shops, in partnership with Trading Standards, cadets and police volunteers.

Assistant Chief Constable Christian Bunt is the force lead for Operation Sceptre, and says it's a tactic used by Police to make sure knives aren't getting into the hands of young people:

ACC Bunt added: "Thames Valley Police is wholly committed to reducing the threat of knife crime within our communities. 

"Operation Sceptre is a national week of action that highlights our work to tackle this crime type, however it is important to stress that our work continues beyond this week of action. 

"The public have an important part to play also in helping to keep knives off our streets. They can help us as additional eyes and ears in our fight against serious violence and knife crime. By making a report to us you could help save a life."

"If you are worried that someone you know is using violence or is carrying a knife, please report it. We can then take the necessary steps to safeguard them and identify those responsible."

To report a knife related crime to police, call 101 or dial 999 in an emergency if there is an immediate danger to life.

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