A thorough police operation to drive down knife crime has resulted in a myriad of arrests in the past three months.
Operation Sigot was implemented in October, following a flurry of knife crime related incidents in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire over the last year.
Since its implementation, officers have conversed with the local community, conducted stop searches and have built up their local intelligence in the knife crime field.
Inspector Sally Bunyard-Spiers from Rugby’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams said: “It’s very encouraging to see how our approach to tackling knife crime has been received in the first few months.
“Over the Christmas period, we will be continuing our drive to ensure Rugby borough remains a safe place to live and work.
“We should never be complacent as one incident where someone is injured by a knife is one too many and in recent years we have experienced the tragic consequences of what can happen when someone chooses to carry a knife in Rugby.
“We want to make it clear that carrying knives on our streets will not be tolerated. If someone is caught either carrying a knife or using one, we will strive to carry out a thorough investigation and where possible, ensure they are brought to justice.”
The operation will continue throughout the Christmas period, targeting potential criminals and those susceptible to involvement with knife crime.
Anyone who has information about knife is urged to contact the police online, by calling 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.