Knife crime campaign returns to South Yorkshire

by | Nov 14, 2022 | Crime, News, Uncategorised | 0 comments

Operation Sceptre, a weeklong crime campaign to raise awareness of knife crime and the families who have been affected by its devastating impacts, returns this week to South Yorkshire.

The national operation will run targeted operations from Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November 2022 to reassure young people they are safer not carrying knives.

Detective Superintendent David Cowley, leader of Operation Spectre, said: “Although these are focused weeks to highlight the issue, I want to assure you that this work continues every day throughout the year.”

Between April 2012 and March 2021, there had been around 1,210 admissions of patients from the South Yorkshire policing area following an assault with a sharp object, according to data revealed by NHS Digital.

Due to new legislation, it is now an offence to possess certain articles such as knuckledusters throwing stars and zombie knives, even in private.

SYP is now urging the public to hand in any such items to their local police station, saying #DropTheKnife and #knivestakelives.

To find out more, visit the SYP website