Multiple knife arrests across Suffolk as police roll out 'Operation Sceptre'
Suffolk Constabulary has unveiled the results of a major campaign to tackle knife crime, with arrests made across the county.
Between May 16 and May 22, 'Operation Sceptre' was executed by officers in various towns and cities throughout Suffolk.
It took multiple forms, including high-visibility patrols, stop-and-search operations and weapons sweeps.
In addition, seven warrants were executed, with four arrests made for various knife-related offences.
Three people were detained at a property in Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.
Among those arrested were 18-year-old Shafeeno O'Connor - of Nacton Crescent, Ipswich, 22-year-old Jeremy Greaves - of Highfield Road, Felixstowe, and a 17-year-old boy from Ipswich.
All three have been charged with being concerned in the supply of drugs, namely heroin and crack cocaine.
However, a number of knives were also seized from the address.
In total, 336 knives and balded weapons were confiscated by police throughout the week of Operation Sceptre.
To coincide with the push on the streets, specialists officers visited 15 Suffolk schools, where they delivered talks on knife and gang crime.
Sergeant Andy Kirk said: "We understand some members of the public expressed concerns during our week of action regarding the potential consequences of carrying a knife to amnesty bins.
"The best way to legally dispose of an old and unwanted knife - such as a kitchen knife - is to securely wrap them before carrying them, with puncture-proof plastic or place them in a secured, metal container.
"Blunt knives can also be handed to staff at your local tip to ensure they are safely recycled.
"Knife crime destroys lives and impacts not only individuals, but also families and communities which is why we carry out regular proactive operations as part of our ongoing commitment to take as many knives and weapons off our streets as possible.
"There are no positives to carrying a knife and we work collaboratively with schools and retailers, alongside our partner agencies, to try to reinforce this message to try to deter offending before it happens.
"If you are worried that someone you know is carrying a knife, please report it. You might just save a life."
Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Operation Sceptre focuses attention on the dangers of knife crime which is crucially important.
"We need to do all we can through education, peer pressure, policing and sentencing to make it absolutely clear that it’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon.
"I'd like to congratulate the Constabulary on this successful campaign. Every knife safely out of circulation potentially saves a life."