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Operation Sceptre: Anti-knife week of action launches

Sussex Police is intensifying its ongoing activities in tackling knife crime and violence as part of the national week of action launching today (26 April).
Operation Sceptre bolsters the work undertaken by Sussex police all year round to help keep residents safe from knife-related harm in their local communities. The campaign will focus on key themes such as prevention and education and officers will carry out targeted operations alongside partner agencies. 
Sussex is a safe place to live, however, putting aside significant falls in violence during lockdown periods, offences involving knives have been rising in recent years in line with the national picture. 
Superintendent Stu Hale said: "Reducing knife crime and knife possession is a key priority for Sussex Police and we are determined to take harmful items off our streets. 
"Operation Sceptre is an opportunity to have vital conversations with the public around knife crime. Our message is clear: carrying a knife is dangerous and does not make you safer, it puts you at more risk of coming to harm.
"As part of our week of action we're carrying out educational activities, amnesty and targeted operations to raise awareness among at-risk groups and disrupt crime in action.   
"This week intensifies our year-round tactics to address knife crime by engaging with young people in schools, using our knife crime engagement van and our work with partners to ensure people are signposted to help at an early opportunity.
"We also work hard to target disrupt prolific offenders, through teams such as the Special Enforcement Unit, Tactical Enforcement Unit through days of action."
This week, police will work closely with Border Force to monitor attempts to import weapons and will also work locally with schools and community members offering engagement and prevention advice to young people.
Officers will continue to work closely with retailers and Trading Standards, including retailers that operate online, to ensure weapons are kept off our streets.
Other tactics during the week of action will include targeted high visibility and plain-clothes patrols across the county. Activity also includes target stop and search against habitual knife carriers and previous offenders and weapon sweeps by police officers.
As always, knife amnesty bins where people can safely dispose of dangerous or unwanted knives and blades at police stations across Sussex, no questions asked.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, said: "Coronavirus has been a huge part of everyone’s lives for over a year now but we want to remind people that our normal policing role hasn’t stopped during this time.
"Forces are determined to tackle violent crime and with the restrictions easing, taking knives off our streets and helping people understand the dangers of carrying a knife remains a top priority.
"Our work with Border Force, Trading Standards, the Violence Reduction Units and many other partners means we are able to tackle some of the significant underlying causes of knife related violence.
"Operation Sceptre brings forces together and highlights that we will be united in doing everything possible to stop those intent on causing serious violence."
To tell Sussex Police about knife crime please report online or call 101, we will treat information you give us sensitively. In an emergency always dial 999.
To report knife crime anonymously, go to web site here

Man detained in relation to incident in Crawley

Police investigating an incident at Crawley College on Monday (26 April) have charged a man with multiple offences.
Shortly after 3.10pm, police received reports of shots being fired at the site in College Road. Officers swiftly responded to the scene, where the suspect had been detained by two college employees; a teacher and a member of support staff.
A blank firing handgun and a knife were seized, and at 3.20pm an 18-year-old man from Crawley was arrested.
Two people sustained minor injuries – not gunshot wounds – and presented themselves to a walk-in medical centre. Thankfully, no other injuries were reported.
Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, of Barton Walk in Crawley, has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and possession of a bladed article on a school premises.
He has been remanded to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (28 April).
Police are treating this as an isolated incident which was not terror-related, and nobody else is being sought in connection with it. 
Officers continue to work with the college and the local authority to manage the welfare and wellbeing of those involved, including students.
Anyone with any information can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Reset.
Crawley College is assisting Sussex Police with its investigation, and has confirmed that the college will be closed until at least Thursday 29 April.

Crawley College staff praised for tackling armed suspect

Sussex Police would like to recognise the bravery of two members of Crawley College staff who tackled an armed suspect during an incident on Monday afternoon (26 April).
Shortly after 3.10pm, police received reports of shots being fired at the site in College Road.
Officers swiftly responded to the scene, where the suspect had been detained by two college employees; a teacher and a member of support staff.
A blank firing handgun and a knife were seized, and at 3.20pm an 18-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences. He remains in custody at this stage.
Pupils and staff were evacuated to a safe space while police carried out a search of the buildings, assisted by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal. West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance were also in attendance. Nothing suspicious was found.
Officers also conducted a search at an address in Barton Walk, Crawley, in connection with the incident.
Chief Inspector Shane Baker, of the Crawley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I’d personally like to thank everyone who helped to quickly bring this incident to a safe conclusion, especially the two members of college staff whose heroics have not gone unnoticed. They put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect their students, fellow employees and the wider public, and I am hugely grateful for their quick-thinking actions.
“During this, they sustained minor injuries – not gunshot wounds – and presented themselves to a walk-in medical centre. Thankfully, no other injuries were reported, and no damage was caused by the blank shots fired.
“We are treating this as an isolated incident which was not terror-related, and while we are not seeking anyone else in connection with it, we will continue to provide a high visibility police presence in the area for community reassurance.
“We are also working with the college and the local authority to manage the welfare and wellbeing of those involved – including students – who will have been understandably shocked by this experience.
“Our enquiries are ongoing into this criminal investigation, and anyone with any information is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Reset.”
Crawley College is assisting Sussex Police with its investigation, and has confirmed that the college will be closed until at least Thursday 29 April.
 
Cycle stolen in attack on man in Crawley
Police in Crawley are seeking witnesses to an attack on a man and the theft of his cycle.

At 1150am on Saturday 24 April at the entrance to an alleyway at the junction of Baker Close and Malthouse Road, near Southgate shops in Crawley, a 22-year old local man was attacked by a young man and struck on the head before having his pedal cycle stolen.
The bike stolen was a Black Cannondale FSI 2017 Mountain model.

The victim sustained cuts and bruises.

The assailant was with two other young men.
PC Scott Parry said; "If you witnessed the incident or have any any other information about those involved, or the bike, please contact us either online  or by calling 101, quoting serial 519 of 24/04."
Police in Crawley are seeking witnesses to an attack on a man and the theft of his cycle.


Multi-agency action on reported labour exploitation in Crawley

Police and enforcement partners have taken action on reports of alleged modern slavery activity at a West Sussex car wash.
On Friday 16 April officers from Sussex Police, together with representatives from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Home Office Immigration Enforcement (IE), West Sussex Fire & Rescue (WSFRS), the Dept of Work & Pensions (DWP), and the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) went to a car wash in London Road, Crawley, as part of an investigation into alleged fraud, modern slavery and health and safety offences.
A number of people working there were interviewed about working conditions. One of them was found to be illegally in the country, and was referred to the IE investigators.
Another man, aged 37, was reported by IE officers for a possible fine for allowing an illegal worker to be employed.
Fire officers served a Notice to prohibit the premises from being used for sleeping accomodation and HSE served a Notice prohibiting use of electricity in indoor parts of the site.
DWP investigators are continuing to look into reports of possible benefit fraud offences and arrested the 37-year old man on suspicion of fraud.
Chief Inspector Shane Baker, Crawley District Commander for Sussex Police, said; "We continue to work with partners to develop intelligence about any signs that vulnerable workers are being exploited over their conditions of employment and accommodation in Sussex,"
For advice and information on spotting signs of modern slavery and how to report it see the Sussex Police website.  

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