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10,000 blades seized during crackdown

MORE than 10,000 knives were seized and 1,372 suspects arrested during a week-long knife crime crackdown.

All police forces in England and Wales took part in Operation Sceptre between March 11 and 17.

Officers carried out 3,771 weapons searches, during which 342 knives were found, while 10,215 were handed in as part of amnesties.

A total of 1,926 stop and searches were carried out, leading to 136 knife-related arrests.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Duncan Ball, described the operation by the 43 forces and British Transport Police as a ‘co-ordinated effort to take knives off our streets and bring those intent on using them for violence to justice’.