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KNIFE CRIME: Data reveals number of arrests for bladed article possession in Three Rivers

 Published on: 5th May 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Data has revealed that there were 15 arrests for possession of a bladed article recorded in Three Rivers last year.

In a Freedom of Information request submitted by ABBOTSnews to Hertfordshire Police, it was shown that this marked an increase in the number of arrests in the borough, with 13 arrests recorded in 2020 and 10 recorded in 2021.

Detective Superintendent Matt Phillips, from Hertfordshire Police’s Operational Strategy Team, said: “There has been a small increase in crimes involving knives in the county, with possession offences rising by around three per cent last year, in comparison with the previous year.

“Knife crime is one of the constabulary’s priorities and we have been working with our partners in local government, schools, charities and other agencies around the county to progress the multi-agency Serious Violence Strategy. There has been a lot of work and research into understanding the issues that are driving predominantly young people into making these decisions and to form a proactive problem-solving approach. We are working with our strategic partners and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office to formalise the government’s new Serious Violence Duty.

“We’re currently running a number of initiatives in schools around the county, working with several charities, visiting schools and giving talks to students. We have also set up a dedicated gangs and schools team to develop engagement projects to encourage young people to make positive choices through the #LivesnotKnives campaign.

“We are also taking part in the regular national knife amnesties, Operation Sceptre, and carrying out proactive enforcement activities.

“Through the Serious Violence Strategy, we have been focusing on preventing these things happening at a much earlier stage, by ensuring that our young people are given the information, guidance and support they need to prevent them from being sucked into these kinds of crimes.”

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