Harrow Council supports knife crime campaign around the Capital

Councillor Krishna Suresh out with the Police

Councillor Krishna Suresh out with the Police

Harrow council supported Harrow Police together with Brent and Barnet Police as part of a knife crime campaign, which aimed to reduce the number of people – especially young people, carrying knives.

Operation Sceptre took place locally on Saturday 29 September around Brent, Barnet and Harrow. The aim of the day was to increase awareness of the dangers of carrying illegal weapons such as knives and make people aware of the consequences.

North West Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said:

“We are pleased to be supporting this campaign again, which is now more pressing than ever before. With the new tri-borough approach coming into effect, officers were at hand to reassure and advise members of the public with any queries they had.

“People also had the chance to hand their weapons in anonymously at any police station in all three boroughs, so that we could remove these dangerous weapons from our streets. Our message to those who are carrying knives or thinking about doing so is clear - it does not protect you, in fact, it makes you more vulnerable. So, make the right choice - lose the knife, not a valuable life.”

Metropolitan Special Constabulary officers in uniform and plain clothes from the North-West Borough Command Unit – which includes Harrow, Brent and Barnet targeted hot-spots in each borough from 3pm onwards until 11pm.  Knife owners were encouraged to give up their weapons safely and without fear of being prosecuted. Officers dealt with anti-social behaviour and carried out stop and searches, where appropriate.

The officers also worked jointly together with volunteers in the ambulance service – the Community First Responders, who are based in Harrow.

Councillor Krishna Suresh, Lead Member for Crime and Community Safety at Harrow Council said:

“Harrow has recently seen a rise in violent crime – the same as the rest of London and of course, this is worrying for the community.  We want to reassure residents that we are working hard to keep on top of this issue. Operation Sceptre is a good way to get that message across.”

Officers carried out proactive activities and patrols of selected hotspots throughout the day.

Anyone with information on knife crime should call 101 or report online. In an emergency always dial 999.