Knife crime in Sussex - pictures show knives and guns seized in zero tolerance police crackdown
Police have been out in force in a crack down on knife crime following high-profile stabbings in the UK.
By Michael Drummond
Friday, 15th March 2019, 12:56 pm
Updated Friday, 15th March 2019, 1:01 pm
Sussex Police have been running #OpSceptre, a week-long campaign designed to educate people about the dangers of knife crime and get blades off our streets. Here are some of the nastiest blades seized by officers, as well as pictures of police in action this week:
A youth was stopped and found to be in possession of a knife by Hastings police. The male was believed to be in possession of drugs so was searched, officers said.
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Eastbourne police explain what #OpSceptre is all about
Sussex Police are warning people that they can be jailed even if they don't carry a knife, under the joint enterprise law
Dozens of weapons were recovered from a property in Petworth on Tuesday, according to Sussex Police. The huge cache appears to contain an assault rifle and several large blades
Horsham police confirmed they'd taken this nasty knife off the streets this week. With a six-inch serrated blade, this weapon could have caused some serious injury
PCs Jan and Claire went to Longhill High School in Brighton to raise knife crime awareness among year nine students
PC Grant Freeman reported that a knife had been seized in Hastings as #OpSceptre continues
Officers visit Hove Park School to talk about the dangers of knife crime
Rother Police:"Thank you to all the lovely people in Hastings town centre who stopped to listen about #kNOwKnives #OpSceptre"
Crawley Police: "On 6 March, our plain clothes officers intercepted a drug deal in Goffs Park, Southgate, Crawley. A 24-year-old male from London was arrested for drugs offences, a second male was arrested and charged for possession of this knife."
Police were out and about in Langley Green and Ifield in an effort to raise awareness about #OpSceptre
PC Grant Freeman: "Currently have two males in custody for possession of this and other offences."
Crawley Police on Thursday: "We're in sunny Ifield Crawley spreading the message about how to help #stopknifecrime."
PC Grant Freeman last week: "This afternoon one 16-year-old male in custody for possessing this knife in public amongst other offences. Knife crime must stop."
Police on patrol near the train station in Worthing seized this rusty-looking craft knife
#OpSceptre is a national campaign to crack down on knife crime and educate people about the dangers of carrying blades
Officers went down to the Tesco superstore in Lewes to raise awareness of #OpSceptre
Hastings Mayor Nigel Sinden helping support police officers in raising awareness of the campaign
Three shops failed age tests when selling knives in Hastings and Rother
Rye Mayor Michael Boyd out on patrol with Rother Police, supporting their efforts during #OpSceptre
PSCO Ed Mitchell: "This afternoon Adur and Worthing police worked in partnership with British Transport Police and rail enforcement officers."
Prevention officers out in Lewes raising awareness of #OpSceptre
A large knife seized by Arun police, who also seized a hammer in a separate incident
Officers at Rye market to raise awareness of how carrying a knife could affect your life
Locally seized weapons were brought to Eastbourne College so that students could learn about the dangers of knife crime
Officers raising awareness of #OpSceptre at Horsham Railway Station. Members of the public were shown how a knife arch scanner works
Posters advertising the anonymous knife amnesty bins at police stations have been put up in charity shops
Officers from Adur and Worthing prevention team in place at Worthing Railway Station, joined by British Transport Police colleagues, raising awareness of #OpSceptre.
As part of #OpSceptre police have been sending people into shops to see if they can purchase knives without ID. Shops that fail the test can be prosecuted
Posters have been put up in Billingshurst community police hub as #OpSceptre continues