Police seize knife during drugs investigation in Banbury
Thames Valley Police arrested a 15-year-old on suspicion of supplying drugs in Banbury, and seized a knife as part of the investigation.
The arrest and seizure of the knife were made Wednesday April 28 during Operation Sceptre (a police campaign against knife crime).
Banbury police posted a message about the incident on the TVP Cherwell Facebook page which, said: "Our #TaskingTeam officers were out on #OpSceptre patrols when they witnessed what they suspected to be a drug deal. A 15 year old male was arrested on suspicion of drug supply and this item was located by officers conducting a search of his bedroom.
"We wouldn't normally choose to post such images as we don't wish to glamorise or encourage the carrying of these weapons. However, this is the stark reality of what we can sometimes be facing, and we need to educate our young people around the dangers of carrying a knife.
"Op Sceptre is a National Week of Action where police forces across the country join together to raise awareness of knife crime and actively target those we suspect to be carrying them.
"Parents - we encourage you to have the difficult conversations with your children. Talk to them about the dangers of carrying a knife and highlight to them that the vast majority of children do not feel the need to carry one.
"It is not cool and it is not a fashion accessory. Make them realise that their chances of becoming a victim of knife crime increases just by carrying one. Let them know that they have a choice when it comes to carrying a knife, even if they feel they do not.
"It is important we encourage young people to look out for their friends. If they know people who are carrying knives encourage them to tell a trusted adult, be that a parent, family member or teacher.
"You can report this to us either via 101, online, or remain anonymous and call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111."
The 15 year old suspect remains under investigation. Relevant safeguarding and referrals have been put in place.
The week-long knife amnesty runs from Monday April 26 to Sunday May 2, during which members of the public can safely and anonymously dispose of any type of knife or bladed article.
A knife amnesty bin has been placed at three places across Oxfordshire, including the Banbury Police Station.