Seven knives have been seized by the Gedling South Neighbourhood Policing Team during weapon sweeps in parks across the borough.
Team members seized the blades from various places after carrying out weapons sweeps in Jubilee Park, Standhill Park, Brick Yard Estate and Conway Road Park in Carlton. They also searched Stoke Lane and Gedling House Woods in Gedling
Of the four knives recovered, three were handed to police by a member of the public after they had been found hidden in a park in the Brick Yard Estate. The fourth was found by police hidden behind a tree in Jubilee Park.
The team also went into Netherfield and Carlton conducting a mixture of plain clothes and uniform foot patrols, as well as visiting the retail park in relation to reports of anti-social use of vehicles.
Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Becky O’Connor said: “In support of the national Operation Sceptre campaign we have spent a lot of time out of foot completing weapons sweeps, conducting stop and searches of people and vehicles and focussing our attention on the areas that the public have told us are concerns for them. This has included doing regular patrols of Conway Road Park, Jubilee Park and Stoke Lane after dark.
“Whilst we were in Jubilee Park on Tuesday (27 April 2021) the team went ‘off road’ and managed to climb a bank and drop down under the railway bridge where the public have told us that there are often groups behaving anti-socially and using drugs. We did find evidence of this and have fed this back to our partners in a bid to tackle this issue.”
Yesterday (Thursday 29 April 2021) the team was back out and about in their community focussing on crime hot-spot areas.
Sgt O’Connor added: “The team has worked incredibly hard this week balancing demand as well as the proactive work in support of Operation Sceptre. I would like to thank them all for their tireless work and commitment and also thank members of the public for their continued support as we continue to tackle knife crime by working together.”