Blades seized from young people in Hampshire as part of knife crime crackdown

BLADES have been seized during a crackdown on knife crime.

Hampshire police said officers arrested an 18-year-old man in Park Gate on Thursday, September 20, over an offensive weapon.

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And a knife was seized from a young person while officers were on patrol in Gosport and carried out a stop check.

It comes as police carried out a national period of action called Operation Sceptre.

Teenage volunteers were also used to carry out test purchases of knives in Fareham and Gosport.

All shops approached refused to sell them to under 18s.

District commander for Fareham and Gosport chief inspector Sharon Woolrich said: 'We know that knife-related crime can have a devastating impact on communities.

‘Our commitment to tackling these issues is ongoing.

‘The positive results and low number of knives identified during the week of action in Fareham and Gosport is certainly welcome news.’