Knife Crime Op: Officers undertake knife test purchases

A knife test purchase operation targeting Rotherham shops has resulted in five sellers being invited to attend a knife crime awareness educational session.
Officers visited a total of 19 premises at Dinnington, Maltby, Swinton and Rotherham town centre yesterday, as part of Operation Sceptre.
The week-long campaign across South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK is designed to tackle knife crime and raise awareness of the issue.
Chief Superintendent Rob Odell said: “It was pleasing to see our borough-wide operation result in the majority of shop staff showing an awareness of the law restricting knife sales, but five of those tested by our officers failed the test purchase, which is a cause for concern.
"Those who sold to under 18's will now undertake a knife crime awareness course. It is imperative that they understand the potential consequences of their actions.”
Officers have already deployed and will continue to undertake a range of activities this week, including open land searches, the operation of knife arches, public engagement stands, and the execution of search warrants.