Seven people arrested during week of action to tackle knife crime
A week of intensified action carried out by Suffolk police as part of Operation Sceptre resulted in seven arrests as officers stepped up activities to tackle knife-enabled crime and violence across the county.
Between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 May officers conducted a series of tactics, with activity including high visibility patrols, weapons sweeps and intelligence-led stop and searches.
A total of seven warrants were executed across the county, with four people arrested for knife-related offences.
One of these warrants was in relation to an ongoing investigation into the supply of drugs. A warrant was executed at an address in Fore Hamlet in Ipswich on Wednesday 18 May, where three people were arrested and a quantity of knives were seized.
A 17-year-old boy from Ipswich, 18-year-old Shafeeno O’Connor, of Nacton Crescent in Ipswich and 22-year-old Jerome Greaves, of Highfield Road in Felixstowe, have subsequently been charged with being concerned in the supply of drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin.
The trio appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court the following day, where the 17-year-old boy was bailed to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday 6 June.
O’Connor and Greaves were both remanded in custody pending a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.
In addition to prevention and enforcement, officers also focussed on education and engagement during the week of action to further understand the reasons why someone might carry a knife and educate them to the dangers of doing so.
Schools Liaison Officers and Community Engagement Officers visited 15 schools where they delivered educational talks on knife crime, County Lines and gangs.
Overall a total of 336 knives and bladed weapons were surrendered throughout the week. The majority were recovered from knife amnesty bins, and most of these were kitchen knives.
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.