Update Given On Increased Police Numbers In Preston ‘Hotspots’

A Preston Sergeant has released an update on the increased police presence in knife-crime hotspots.

A Preston Police spokesman said:

“Some of you may have heard that Preston police have increased the number of officers in the hotspot areas in response to recent knife-related incidents.

“Operation Edge is an operation created and run across Lancashire in response to knife crime and serious violence. Operation Edge is an operation created and run across Lancashire in response to knife crime and serious violence.

“There are on-going issues across the county however between 9th June – 13th June ‘21, there will be specific OCG disruption tasking and hotspot policing in and around Preston targeting key and current problems highlighted by response policing, risk and threat and will include the targeting of well- known nominals.

“Officers were out in force last night tackling knife crime through stop and search of which 35 searches were carried out. One male who was wanted by our oppos in Merseyside for perverting the course of justice. One arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.

“Another male was arrested for obstructing a search and police assault.

“We also recovered, whilst acting on information from the public, the weapons on the picture below. One less knife on the street is potentially one less serious or fatal assault prevented.”

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