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Solihull police carry out knife search operation on transport network

SOLIHULL police were out in force on Monday, raising awareness about knife crime and carrying out searches on the public transport network.

SOLIHULL police were out in force on Monday, raising awareness about knife crime and carrying out searches on the public transport network.

More than a dozen officers from the south neighbourhood team took part in the initiative.

There were high visibility patrols throughout the day and metal detectors were used to check for offensive weapons.

Despite a 12 hour operation, Inspector Phil Radbourne was delighted that no knives were found nor arrests made.

“I want to make it clear that Solihull does not have a knife problem,” he said.

“What this initiative is about, is reassuring people and making our presence felt.

“The places we’ve been to tend to get very busy during certain parts of the day and we’ve had a very good response from people passing through.”

The day began at Solihull train station, where the neighbourhood team joined forces with British Transport Police, erecting safety arches - similar to those used at airports - to check passengers.

In the afternoon, officers moved to the bus stops along Station Road and checked the vehicles with metal-detectors.

Insp Radbourne’s team were also publicising a new texting service - the latest weapon in the war against knife crime. The hotline enables youngsters to anonymously pass on information about people who carry knives.

The activities were part of a knife awareness day right across the the West Midlands and coincided with children returning to school after their half term break.

l Youngsters who know someone who caries a knife can text the name, age and school of that individual to 88551 in confidence.

 

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