Knife found in Bishop’s Waltham park during police week of action to reduce knife crime

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Police knife sweep Bishop's Waltham

Police found a knife in bushes at Priory Park in Bishop’s Waltham during a week of concentrated action aimed at reducing knife crime.

Based on information received, local officers conducted a targeted knife sweep in Priory Park where a small kitchen knife was located and safely removed from the vegetation.

Officers from Hampshire Police’s Greater Winchester team and community safety officer partners and parish council staff also carried out knife education at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, Swanmore College and skate parks in Whiteley, Denmead and Bishops Waltham with partners.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary seized 281 knives and made seven knife-related arrests during the national knife crime week known as Operation Sceptre.

Tackling knife crime and serious violence is a key priority for the force, and Operation Sceptre, which is held twice a year, is an opportunity for efforts to be intensified to make communities safer.

The week of action ran between 13th to 19th May, and hundreds of knives were taken off the streets through the surrender bins, knife sweeps, knife arches, stop and searches, and warrants.

ActivityNumber of operations
Knife sweep27
Surrender bins25
Stop and Search30
Warrants6
Arrests20
School engagements95
Knife Surrender

There were 25 Knife surrender bins installed around the districts to provide a safe way for the public to anonymously dispose of knives and offensive weapons, as a result 264 weapons were disposed of. In Eastleigh and Isle of Wight, innovative schemes were set up whereby officers visited addresses to collect banned knives and weapons from individuals who were unable to access a surrender bin.

A full list of permanent surrender bin locations can be found here.

Knife Sweeps

Several knife sweeps were carried out in local areas such as parks and other open spaces where officers will check for any hidden or discarded knives or weapons, which will then be recovered. Overall, nine knives were found as part of these knife sweeps and were recovered.

In Eastleigh, knife sweeps took place in Leigh Road Recreation Ground, Grantham Green, and Netley Recreational Ground using metal detectors and other equipment. In Southampton, a team led by PC Conor Hannick partnered with Southampton City Council visited Hinkler Park, Laxton Close Play Area, and Sullivan Road Rec.  

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