Police target knife crime with crackdown in Westminster

knifePolice have targeted knife crime and other related offences in Westminster during a day of action.

It happened on Thursday and saw more than 100 officers, including Westminster police’s Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and Gangs Unit, are working alongside partners to carry out a wide range of operational and crime prevention activities.

It included knife arches, weapon sweeps, knife surrender bins, street briefings and crime prevention events advising the public how to protect themselves and their valuables.

Officers also visited various schools in Westminster to teach the pupils about the dangers and consequences of carrying knives.

Surrender bins for people to dispose of their knives or bladed weapons have been in place on Harrow Road and Lisson Grove for the past six months. They were set up in partnership with the charity Words for Weapons and resulted in the recovery of over 80 knives.

Westminster Borough Commander Peter Ayling said: “Tackling weapon-related violence is a priority for Westminster. Work continues day in and day out alongside our partners, targeting those responsible through ongoing highly visible operations such as today.

“We are proactively targeting known violent offenders, deploying screening arches and carrying out stop and searches to detect and deter the carrying of weapons.

“By focusing on key times and places where intelligence points to the highest risk, we aim to reduce knife crime, the fear of crime and to provide a visible police presence to reassure the public.”

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