Knife arches appear on Fargate and The Moor as police continue crime crackdown in Sheffield

Knife arches are being used in Sheffield city centre this week in a police crackdown on those walking the streets armed with blades.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:20 am

Officers across South Yorkshire are supporting a nationwide week of action on knife crime, known as Operation Sceptre, with knife arches set up in Sheffield city centre to identify offenders.

They have been used to check people on Castle Square, Fargate, Barkers Pool and The Moor.Suspects have also been searched on the streets and a drugs dog has been used to root out those carrying illicit substances.Sergeant Jon Simpson said: “Lots of people have been asking us why we’re in the city centre in greater numbers than usual which is great, it means we have the chance to talk to them about their worries, concerns or questions about violent crime.

“By combining stop searches, knife arches and the nose of a drugs dog, we’re in a great position to identify and deal with those who may be in possession of drugs or weapons. We have already seized quantities of controlled drugs and our operation is continuing throughout the rest of the week.

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Officers in Sheffield city centre are taking part in a nationwide crackdown on knife crime

“As the neighbourhood team for the city centre, we know that people do have concerns about knife crime and whilst incidents are rare, proactive policing methods such as stop searches and being visible are really important.

“In relation to the knife arches, they’re useful for us to carry out weapon sweeps and a great conversation starter, but they also help us identify individuals who might actively be avoiding them.”

He added: “If you have any information about knife crime, please come forward. By telling someone what you know, you can save lives.”

A knife surrender bin has been installed at Snig Hill police station, where blades and other weapons can be deposited anonymously.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, said: “Forces are determined to tackle violent crime and with the (Covid) restrictions easing, taking knives off our streets and helping people understand the dangers of carrying a knife remains a top priority.”

To pass on Information on those walking the streets armed call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.