Ilkeston boy searched by police for knife, caught in possession of cannabis
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A 15-year-old boy is to be interviewed by us having been found in possession of cannabis.
The boy, who lives in Ilkeston, was targeted by us, as we had received intelligence that he was carrying a knife. He was stopped and spoken to on Market Street in the town on Saturday, 7 November and searched. Thankfully he was not found with a knife but officers did find two small bags of cannabis.
(Image taken from the searching officer's body worn video.)
The action was taken as we are taking part in Operation Sceptre, a national campaign against knife crime.
He will now be interviewed in company with one of his parents.
Inspector Rich Keene, who is the operational lead for knife crime for Derbyshire police, said: “This action shows that we will take swift action when we receive intelligence regarding people illegally carrying knives, particularly when it involves young people.
“Thankfully the boy was not found with a knife, however he must now face the consequences of being found with an illegal substance. These consequences would have been far harsher had he had a knife on him, however, more worrying is the danger he would have been putting himself and others in.
“I would urge young people and their carers to consider these consequences and know that if they do carry a knife we will be taking positive action against them in every case.”
Operation Sceptre runs all this week, however our fight against knife crime, Project Zao, continues all year-round.
If you are worried about someone you think is carrying a knife please make contact with us using of the following non-emergency methods:
- Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
- Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
- Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
- Phone – call us on 101.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org