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Police officers from Nottinghamshire and council teams have been carrying out a weapons sweep at a park in Carlton as part of an ongoing operation to tackle knife crime.

Police officers and Gedling Borough Council warden used metal detectors to search the undergrowth at King George Recreation Ground on Standhill Road for concealed weapons as part of an ongoing operation to keep communities safe.

Police said that weapons sweeps are carried out regularly in public spaces across Gedling.

A thorough search of the undergrowth was completed and no weapons were found.

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The activity took place as part of Operation Sceptre, a national week of action against knife crime including a knife amnesty, which runs until midnight on Sunday (September 22).

People can get rid of their unwanted knives without fear of prosecution at 25 amnesty bin locations across Nottinghamshire, including police stations and partner agency buildings, for the duration of the amnesty. The participating locations in the Gedling borough include Gedling Borough Council’s Civic Centre in Arnold and Carlton fire station.

Sergeant Helen Walker, of the Gedling North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This weapons sweep is just one tactic we use to try to prevent knife crime and ensure that open spaces are safe places for our communities.

“By removing weapons it helps reduce the risk of them being used to harm or threaten people. Today we were very pleased to not find any weapons. We will continue to search open spaces within the Gedling area as there is no place for the use of knives in public places in Nottinghamshire and we would urge anyone who is aware of people carrying or concealing knives to report it, even if it is anonymously, because you could be saving a life.”

If you need to report knife crime, call 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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