Chesterfield police team shares images of knives and 'offensive weapons' found on streets

A Chesterfield police team has shared images of some of the ‘offensive weapons’ officers have seized during a week of action.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 1:05 pm

Staveley Safer Neighbourhhod Team released the images as part of Derbyshire police’s Project Zao, which is aiming to reduce knife crime in the county.

Officers said in a post on Facebook: “Your Local SNT have been working hard this week and have seized numerous offensive weapons.

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Some of the offensive weapons seized in Staveley. Image: Derbyshire police.
Some of the offensive weapons seized in Staveley. Image: Derbyshire police.

Items include various knives and a knuckle duster.

Project Zao is working alongside Operation Sceptre, a national week of intensification in the fight against knife crime.

Inspector Rich Keene, who is leading on Project Zao, said: “Our officers have been visiting schools across the county warning of the dangers of carrying a knife, as part of Project Zao, for the past two years.

“We were particularly excited about launching ‘Switch up’ during Operation Sceptre week as we believe it portrays the real dilemmas facing young people and gives opportunity for them to discuss their choices in a controlled environment.

“Carrying a knife holds some potentially life-changing consequences and we are determined that young people know what these are and so choose not to do so.

“Derbyshire Constabulary is a lead force in relation to its response to knife crime and its causes. We are seen as a beacon for other forces in terms of education and engagement and are acknowledged as displaying the best practice in our working with partners, schools, young people and wider communities”.

If you are concerned or have any information about knife crime in your community contact Derbyshire police.