Arrests during week of action to tackle knife crime
Officers in Norfolk arrested 14 people during a national week of action aimed at reducing knife crime.
Norfolk Police was one of 44 forces involved in Operation Sceptre between Monday 15 November and Sunday 21 November – a national campaign which took place to highlight the risks that carrying a blade can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives.
During the week officers held a knife surrender initiative where members of the public were able to hand over knives at Public Enquiry Offices across the county without fear of prosecution and a total of 29 knives were handed in.
Officers also carried out high visibility patrols targeting those who carry knives. There were nine stop/searches with one knife seized and 14 people were arrested for offences involving a knife. Three of those have since been charged. They are:
- Lee Orchard, aged 42 and of Crown Road in Great Yarmouth, has been charged with possession of carrying a bladed weapon after being stopped by police on Marine Parade at 10.30pm on Tuesday 16 November. He is due to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8 December 2021.
- Ionut Stanciu, aged 26 and of Winchester Way in Thetford, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, burglary and assault, following an incident on King Street in Thetford on Monday 15 November. He has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 17 December 2021.
- Nigel Jones, aged 42 and of Crown Lane in Little Fransham, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and theft following an incident on Hall Road in Norwich on Wednesday 17 November. He is due to appear at Norwich Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 14 December 2021.
In addition, officers worked with Norfolk County Council Trading Standards to carry out checks at local retailers to ensure they are not selling knives to anyone under the age of 18 and a 360 weapons poll was used at venues across Norwich’s night time economy to help identify anyone carrying a weapon.
Inspector Ian Cox said: "Whilst this was a dedicated week of action, reducing knife crime and the violence associated with it is a priority for Norfolk police all year round. We know the devastating effect knife crime can have on victims, families and communities and we will continue to highlight the dangers of carrying a knife, as well as targeting offenders.
“However, we cannot tackle the issue of knife crime alone and it is important we continue to work with partner agencies and local communities to educate people about the risks carrying a blade can bring and prevent knife crime from happening in the first place. We all have a duty to protect our communities from harm and keep them safe.
"If you know someone who carries a knife, then please contact police. One call could help protect them or potentially save someone else’s life”
If you suspect someone is carrying a knife please call Norfolk Police on 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity and will not take any personal details and the call cannot be traced.