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Knife concerns are a priority for Cambridgeshire Police

Cracking down on knife carrying has become a police priority in Cambridgeshire.

Knife crime is a policing priority.
Knife crime is a policing priority.

Serious Street Based Violence (SSBV) has been introduced as a new force priority alongside child abuse, child exploitation, burglary, action against hate, serious sexual offences, modern slavery and domestic abuse.

SSBV focuses on violence that is specifically street based; it does not include all violence and does not cover offending linked to domestic abuse or the night-time economy.

A dedicated team of officers are now working to proactively tackle SSBV across Cambridgeshire, with additional focus on county lines and drug markets, which have links to violent crime.

Officers will also be focusing on early intervention – with the aim of preventing young people from carrying weapons and becoming victims of criminal exploitation.

The force is working with other agencies, such as local authorities, to provide support to youth and community groups on the issue of people carrying weapons.

Superintendent Jon Hutchinson said: “There is evidence weapon carrying in Cambridgeshire is on the increase. Feedback from neighbourhood teams and partner agencies shows a far higher tendency for young people to carry weapons in the county – and the use of, or threat of violence, is inherent.

“Despite this, and despite widespread recent media coverage of knife crime nationally, Cambridgeshire remains an incredibly safe place to live in comparison to the national picture.

“There have been some heart-breaking cases in Cambridgeshire over the last few years where young men have lost their lives because of a dispute over drugs or because their attacker decided to carry a weapon.

“It is vital that if anyone knows someone who carries a weapon, they report that to us so we can act on it and build up intelligence.

“Your information will help us more than you think. You could even save a life.”

Know someone who carries a weapon? Call 101 or visit: www.cambs.police.uk/report

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