Police in East Kent using hi-tech equipment in crackdown on violence and knife crime

Contributed by editor on Aug 05, 2019 - 12:30 PM


Officers in the east of the county have been working to reduce violence and tackle knife crime.

The local policing teams have been working across the area carrying out weapon sweeps in Whitstable and Herne Bay and using a knife arch at a bar in Canterbury that scans individuals and alerts officers if a weapon is being carried.

On Thursday 1 August, 2019 the knife arch was in use at The Cuban in Canterbury and only those who were prepared to use the scanner were permitted entry.

Over 500 people passed through the arch.

Inspector Vicki Tyler from the Community Safety Unit said: ‘This is just one more tool we are using in the fight against knife crime.

‘We are working with popular venues in the area and plan more deployments of the knife arch in the coming weeks. It does not mean they have more of a problem than anywhere else, like us they want the area to be as safe as possible.

‘Those who carry a knife are putting both themselves and other people in danger. They are also risking a prison sentence as we take a zero tolerance approach to those who carry weapons and will not hesitate in making arrests when we stop people in possession of them.

‘We are committed to making the area a safer one and will continue to use every resource available to us and work closely with our partner agencies to tackle knife crime.’

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