Police respond to rise in knife crime in Staffordshire

STAFFORDSHIRE Police are responding to a rise in knife crime in the county with a fresh campaign.

It’s objective is to educate young people about the dangers of carrying offensive weapons and a warning about the consequences of being caught.

There has been a reported 15.7 per cent increase in knife crime in Staffordshire over the last 12 months.

Operation Sceptre will see high-visibility patrols by officers in ‘hot-spot’ areas, with increased stop and search checks, and knife ‘sweeps’ to confiscate possible concealed weapons.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “There will be lots of positive action from us and partners across the county to demonstrate how dangerous knives are and the consequences of carrying them, using them or just being in a group of people that use them.”

He urged the public: “If you know someone who chooses to use or carry a knife, please call 101 in confidence or, for guaranteed anonymity, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Keith Jervis, chairman of Staffordshire Police Federation, believes stop and search powers can reduce the levels of knife crime.

I think we should be doing as many stop and searches as we can. It will send out a message to people carrying drugs and knives.”