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Police target Maidstone in crack down on knife crime

Friday 28th October 2016

A knife crime blitz by Kent Police has resulted in 31 arrests.

In October, officers targeted areas in Thanet, Medway and Maidstone, as part of a joint initiative alongside other forces, named Operation Sceptre.

Police used powers which included stop checking suspects and executing search warrants at addresses. Arrests were also linked to offenders travelling into Kent from outside of the county.

Supt Simon Thompson said:  ‘Although knife crime across the county remains low compared to other areas, it is still very important we tackle those who think it is acceptable to carry knives on our streets. Not everyone we stopped was carrying weapons, but people who we believe may be in possession of knives are often linked to other criminality, such as the supply of drugs.’

Of those arrested eight were for possessing a bladed article. Ten people were taken into custody for drugs offences and other arrests were made for crimes including public order offences.

Supt Thompson added: ‘Overall, our message remains very simple. If you choose to carry a knife, you are actually more likely to be a victim of a serious assault. It simply isn’t worth the risk. You are also more likely to get arrested, prosecuted and receive a tough punishment. Possession of a knife can carry a prison sentence of up to 4 years, even if it's not used.’