Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have acted to restore calm over knife crime after two stabbings in Sheffield in the space of two days.
Two men were left seriously injured after separate knife attacks in a 48 hour period - one on Friday night and the other on Sunday.
In the first incident an 18-year-old man was attacked on Firth Park Road, Firth Park and in the second, on Sunday, a 21-year-old man was found seriously injured after being knifed on Brimmesfield Close, Arbourthorne.
Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer for gun and knife crime, said: “South Yorkshire Police has a programme of measures in place to prevent knife crime.
“Officers run education sessions in schools and colleges to prevent young people becoming involved in knife crime and to warn them of the dangers of carrying a weapon.
“We also work with partner agencies such as the Probation Service and Youth Offending Teams to try to change the behaviour of people who have previously been involved in knife crime.
“Operations are regularly carried out in the city centre alongside our partners in the night time economy to prevent weapons getting into licensed premises.
“Anyone who carries a knife is putting themselves at risk as well as other people.
“South Yorkshire Police and the courts treat knife crime seriously and anyone found to be involved in this type of crime will be dealt with accordingly.”
Three men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the Firth Park stabbing have been released on bail.
Two men arrested on suspicion of public order offences remained in custody yesterday. A police update is expected today.