12 Nov 2019

New Knife Arch and Detectors In Your Area

We want to let you know that a new knife arch and 30 hand-held metal detectors are now in use across Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe.
The new equipment, which will assist in searching suspects, comes after the force secured government funding to help tackle the problem of increased knife crime incidents.
The knife arch scans people as they walk through it and will be used to support events and operational activity. The detectors, which are stored in police vans across the area, will be used by officers when carrying out searches and as part of knife crime operations.
It’s part of our commitment to taking more knives and dangerous weapons off the streets and keeping people safe. It’s the first time our neighbourhood and response officers have been equipped with the metal detecting devices, which are an effective tool for use alongside stop and search.
We take all reports of offences involving a knife extremely seriously and we will continue to use all the powers at our disposal – such as section 60 orders – in areas where we identify there is an issue. Anyone who is found in possession of a knife could face up to five years in prison.
If you have any information about knife crime in Lancashire, contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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