knives - Officers and volunteers at one of the four knife sweeps (1)

Police have recovered a haul of knives and drugs in a month-long crackdown tackle knife crime in Crewe.

Officers from the “Problem Solving Team” carried out weapons sweeps and drugs warrants and targeted addresses in the town.

Four knife sweeps were conducted in various areas of Crewe, with numerous weapons being recovered.

And a large amount of drugs, weapons and cash were seized after a warrant was executed at an address in the west of the town.

More than 30 people were stopped and searched and significant quantities of illegal drugs were seized as part of two operations held in conjunction with British Transport Police’s County Lines Taskforce.

PCs Michelle Prout and Tom Towe, of Crewe’s Problem Solving Team, said: “The month of action was set up as part of an ongoing operation to tackle knife crime in Crewe and create and sustain inclusive, vibrant communities in which people feel safe.

“One of the aims of the operation is to understand the causes of knife crime involving young members of our communities.

“We also challenge and endeavour to deter those who engage in this type of criminality, through proactive policing activities.

“We work alongside various partner agencies in a bid to stamp out knife crime, and the month of action was really positive in terms of making arrests, protecting vulnerable people and seizing drugs, cash and weapons.

“Ten knives were seized as part of the month of action.

“We are delighted with the results and the positive impact our activities in September have had on our communities in Crewe.

“We would like to thank the local council, schools and a charity run by Crewe resident Rachel Dyer for all their help and support during the month of action.

“We all have a part to play when it comes to stamping out knife crime, and during the month of action we engaged with many Crewe residents and encouraging them to help us tackle the issue.”

The winning knife crime prevention poster competition entry
Winning knife crime prevention poster competition entry

Crewe’s Problem Solving Team was set up last September to combat persistent offenders, protect vulnerable people, improve lives of residents and reduce demand on police and other agencies in dealing with repeat offenders.

Sgt Craig Hodson, of the team, added: “The police cannot tackle knife crime alone – it is really important that we work closely with local partners including councils, schools and community members.

“We must continue to take this joined up approach to make our streets as safe as we can.

“It has been great to see the community involvement in our work so far and I thank all those who have volunteered their time for the cause.

“Like the rest of Cheshire, Crewe is a safe place to live, work and visit. Let’s make it even safer.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, Cheshire Constabulary’s knife crime lead, said: “Cheshire has a lower rate of knife crime than most other counties in England.

“We will continue to endeavour – through education, awareness and action – to make Cheshire a county in which no one carries a knife or feels that there is a reason to do so.”

To report any type of crime involving weapons call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Information can also be passed to the force online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report

Anyone who knows someone that carries a knife can report it to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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