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Operation Sceptre: Sussex Police carries out week of action around knife crime

Sussex Police joined forces across the country last week for Operation Sceptre, a national week of action alongside our community partners to tackle knife crime and raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

Officers carried out a huge range of engagement activities and days of action throughout the county between May 16 and 22, to complement our year-round activity of education, engagement and enforcement on knife crime and serious violence.

Dozens of knives were seized, multiple people arrested and thousands of members of the public were spoken to about knife crime.

Op Sceptre links closely with Operation Safety, Sussex Police’s dedicated response to combating knife crime and serious violence, which has a primary focus on reducing knife crime committed in public spaces against young people.

The latest figures show that knife crime is decreasing in Sussex, where recorded knife offences in the year up to September 2021 stood at 51 per 100,000 people. The national average is 91 offences per 100,000 people, in the 19 forces who use the same methodology of reporting.

Here are some of the highlights from West Sussex

West Sussex

In West Sussex, 150 weapons were seized by officers or voluntarily surrendered during Op Sceptre week.

Officers also visited 17 schools across the division, engaging with and educating around 1,200 students, as well as delivering safety advice to teachers and staff around knife crime.

Together with Sussex Community Search Team, three knife sweeps were carried out at knife crime problem areas in an attempt to find secreted weapons and offer a visible, reassuring presence.

Proactive work was also carried out alongside British Transport Police at Worthing Railway Station using knife detection equipment and a drug detection dog, which resulted in cannabis being seized following a stop and search.

Chief Inspector Simon Yates said: “Operation Sceptre was a really successful week of prevention, engagement and enforcement across Sussex.

“Tackling an issue as complex as knife crime requires teamwork and a joined-up approach with all of the agencies in the Violence Reduction Partnership.

“Last year alone, over 3,000 children and young people received support from our partnership interventions aimed at lowering the harm caused by knife crime and targeting the root causes of such behaviour.

“Op Sceptre is a great opportunity to showcase that partner working, but I must stress that Sussex remains a safe place to live, which is backed up by a knife crime rate that is decreasing ahead of the national average.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Sussex Police continue in their relentless pursuit of those involved in serious violence and associated criminality, successfully driving down knife crime and taking dangerous offenders off our county’s streets.

“Operations like Sceptre show how effective results can be achieved whilst also providing a sombre reminder of the potentially life-changing and deadly consequences of carrying a knife.

“Carrying a knife is not a safety guarantee. It just puts you, your family, friends and those around you in danger. Think first and lose the knife, not a life.”

To see the full story and to see what happened in other areas of Sussex, please click on the link or go to our website.



Hamble Road, Sompting – a garage door was forced open and a pedal cycle was stolen. Cad 1375 25/05/22. 

Meredith Road, Broadwater – between 1220hrs and 1230hrs 19th May, a mirror was stolen from the wingmirror of a vehicle. Cad 1465 25/05/22. 

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