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Knife checks on buses and trains

HUNDREDS of people were scanned and dozens of buses were searched when Solihull police took part in knife awareness day.

HUNDREDS of people were scanned and dozens of buses were searched when Solihull police took part in knife awareness day.

Officers were very positive about Monday’s exercise - no weapons were found nor any people arrested during the initiative.

Inspector Phil Radbourne, who heads the south neighbourhood team, said his aim was to create a high-visibility presence

At the start of the day, the town centre team joined up with British Transport Police and erected “safety arches” at Solihull railway station. Around 600 commuters passed through the scanning devices - which are similar to those used at airports.

In the afternoon, the focus shifted to the row of bus stops along Station Road. As the buses pulled in, police went aboard and made a search with metal-detecting “safety wands”.

Insp Radbourne said: “The fact that we didn’t arrest anyone at all during the course of the day is very good news for Solihull.”

Officers from neighbouring areas, including Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, also took part in the initiative. Although knife crime - particularly involving youngsters -

often makes the headlines, Insp Radbourne said there is not a problem in Solihull and that Monday’s exercise aimed to

reassure people using the public transport network.

West Midlands Police are also promoting a new texting service which will enable youngsters to let the authorities know about people who carry knives.

Supt Matt Ward said: “If any young person sees anyone with a knife in school or anywhere within their community we would urge them to use this text line. It is a completely anonymous service - we don’t want to know who the person texting is, we just want the information that could save a life.”

*If you know someone who carries a knife you can text their name, school and age to 88551.

 

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