Police knife operation a ‘success’

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POLICE have hailed an operation to identify knife carriers in a town centre as a success after no blades were seized.

However, officers dealt with a number of offences relating to drugs, disorder and driving during their checks in Bury St Edmunds on Friday and Saturday.

Local officers joined forces with Suffolk’s Night-Time Economy Team for the operation, which was part of the constabulary’s anti-knife crime campaign, using a metal detecting knife arch and an Ion Track drug testing device.

Customers at Club Brazilia were checked as a condition of entry on Friday and those visiting Vision were searched by door staff and swabbed with Ion Track on Saturday.

Of the 80 customers at Brazilia’s, no knives or drugs were found.

About 200 people went to Vision on Saturday and no offensive weapons were seized.

A 31-year-old man from Bury was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and has been released on police bail to return to Bury Police Station on June 1.

On Friday night, licensing checks by police and St Edmundsbury Borough Council were carried out at 11 premises, with eight of those given advice for minor licensing issues.

During the night there were two arrests for disorder and five direction to leave notices were issued.

On Saturday, night four people were dealt with for public order offences.

Roads policing officers were on patrol both nights and 16 fixed penalty notices were issued for various minor traffic offences.

Pc Dave Shaw, who organised the operation, said: “It was a positive two nights’ work and we received a lot of comments from members of the public who were pleased to see officers in the town centre.”