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Thetford man charged with possession of a weapon during police crackdown on knife crime

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A Thetford man has been charged on possession of a weapon and other offences during a police action week to tackle knife crime.

Norfolk Police was one of 44 forces nationally involved in Operation Sceptre, a campaign highlighting the risks that carrying a blade can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives, between November 15 and 21.

One of the three charged out of the 14 people arrested by officers was Ionut Stanciu, 26, of Winchester Way in the town.

Operation Sceptre was held between November 15 and 21.
Operation Sceptre was held between November 15 and 21.

He was charged with possession of an offensive weapon, burglary and assault, following an incident in King Street, Thetford, on November 15.

He was remanded into custody and is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on December 17.

During the week, officers also held a knife surrender initiative where members of the public were able to hand over knives at public enquiry offices across the county without fear of prosecution.

Norfolk Constabulary said they had 29 knives handed in.

Inspector Ian Cox said: "Whilst this was a dedicated week of action, reducing knife crime and the violence associated with it is a priority for Norfolk police all year round.

"We know the devastating effect knife crime can have on victims, families and communities and we will continue to highlight the dangers of carrying a knife, as well as targeting offenders.

“However, we cannot tackle the issue of knife crime alone and it is important we continue to work with partner agencies and local communities to educate people about the risks carrying a blade can bring and prevent knife crime from happening in the first place. We all have a duty to protect our communities from harm and keep them safe.

"If you know someone who carries a knife, then please contact police. One call could help protect them or potentially save someone else’s life”

If you suspect someone is carrying a knife, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.