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Police crackdown to combat knife crime; 18 arrests during a week of action in kirklees.

Byline: ANDREW ROBINSON andrew.robinson@reachplc.com @Andrew_Examiner

POLICE made 18 arrests during a week of action to combat knife crime across Kirklees.

Uniformed officers, detectives, police dog units and roads policing officers with West Yorkshire Police were drafted in to tackle knife crime which involved two overnight operations in Huddersfield town centre. Eighteen people were arrested for a variety of offences including burglary, assault, drugs offences, public order and possession of a knife.

Police also seized two cars and issued 33 'section 35' notices directing people to leave the town centre.

These dispersal notices are aimed at people who have committed, or are likely to commit, anti-social behaviour.

One man was also arrested on Friday night for possession of Class C drugs after his car was stopped on Bradford Road.

Safety arches were put up at various points to check for knives including at Kirklees College. No knives were seized at the college.

Test purchases of knives were carried out at shops, with all shops passing the test. Officers also searched various areas during a 'knife sweep.' Det Insp Mark Catney, of Kirklees CID, said: "Over the past week, together with various partner agencies and officers from across Kirklees, we have been conducting numerous proactive policing operations with an aim to tackle knife crime and violent crime.

"The results we have achieved in such a short space of time have been fantastic.

"I hope that these types of operations provide reassurance to our communities and residents that knife crime and violent crime is a priority for us - and we are continually working to tackle this issue within the Kirklees District.

"Knives are not the answer and we have seen first-hand the devastation using a knife can have, not just for the victims and the families of the victims, but for perpetrators too.

"Statistics have shown that if you carry a knife for protection, you are putting yourself in danger as it is likely to be used against you. Around a third of knife-related injuries are actually caused by the victim's own knife.

"This week of action we have conducted in Kirklees has helped us to raise further awareness of knife crime and we will continue to prosecute those who carry knives.

"The enforcement and proactive work we do is only one part of the solution to this issue - the public also has a vital role to play.

"As part of this operation, we have been working with Kirklees College and have spoken to young people and students about knife crime.

"I would urge the public if you have a young person in your family, to educate them on the dangers of carrying a knife.

"If you have any information on anyone in the community who carries a knife, or information where knives are sold illegally, I would urge you to get in touch with us so we can act upon any intelligence we receive."

Anyone who has any information about suspicious behaviour in their area or information about people carrying knives, are urged to contact the police either online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us or via 101.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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