Machete found in Bedford's Queens Park during week of action to tackle knife crime

The weapon was found during Operation Sceptre

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:24 pm

A machete was found in Bedford's Queens Park last week as Bedfordshire Police took part in a national week of action to tackle knife crime.

The weapon was found by a member of the public next to a bush in Marlborough Road, Queens Park, the local community policing team was called and they went out to collect it.

Operation Sceptre ran from Monday, April 26, to Sunday, May 2, and a variety of activities were carried out by teams across Bedfordshire.

Throughout the week, officers visited schools, carried out weapon sweeps and high visibility patrols in particular areas affected by knife crime, as well as educating retailers.

Detective Chief Inspector Aaron Kiff said: “Knife crime has become a big issue in our society and it is important that we work hard to reduce the threat of knife crime and the impact it has on communities.

“This national week of action gives us the opportunity to show the proactive work we are doing to tackle knife crime and encourage our local communities to report any such criminality to us, as this helps us to build a better picture of the hotspot areas we need to target.

“There is no place for knife crime within society and we will continue to do what we can to tackle this.”

The weapon was found during Operation Sceptre