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Weapons seized in BTP crackdown on knife crime

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A total of 30 people have been stopped-and-searched this week, as part of a dedicated crackdown on knife crime across the country. 
 
Under the umbrella of Operation Sceptre, British Transport Police (BTP) have been taking part in a national week of action to tackle knife crime by conducting weapons sweeps and increasing the use of stop-and-search at transport hubs.    
 
Throughout the week 22 people were arrested for offences including possession of knives, knuckle dusters, an extendable baton and other weapons. 
 
Speaking about the operation Superintendent Susan Peters from BTP said: “Knife crime can devastate lives and once again our neighbourhood policing officers and specialist teams have been working hard to keep dangerous and potentially lethal weapons off our streets and railways.
 
“Whilst knife crime on the railway is relatively low, we know that people who carry knives are likely to be young and use the railways to travel across towns and cities, which is why BTP officers have been concentrating on busy stations to stop these weapons causing harm. 
 
“But this in no way means our work is done. Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to work closely with colleagues from local police forces and other partners to continue to make sure that the transport network is a safe place for all.” 
 

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