Two boys are in custody this morning following reports of youths threatening a man with a knife in the car park of a Grimsby supermarket.
We were called to the Ellis Way area of Grimsby at 1.45am today (Friday, March 15) and quickly arrested two boys aged 17 and 15 on suspicion of being in possession of a blade in public.
No one was injured as a result of the incident and two kitchen knives have been recovered by our officers.
Detective Inspector Kerry Bull said: “While, thankfully, we don’t have a serious problem with knife crime in our area, the alleged incident in Grimsby this morning shows that there are those in our community who think it’s acceptable to carry knives.
“What I want to make clear is that it’s not acceptable. Too many people have been seriously injured or lost their lives as a result of people carrying knives and we want to act now to stop this from happening to anyone else.”
Like all forces across the country, we have seen a rise in the number of people carrying weapons and are taking steps to stop this.
What’s most challenging is how readily available knives are, which is why we do all we can to get people talking about the issue by hosting events, supporting campaigns and through education sessions in schools.
DI Bull added: “We all have a role to play in taking these weapons off our streets.
“Throughout this week we have been supporting the national Operation Sceptre campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of people carrying weapons and give people an opportunity to surrender them to us anonymously.
“However, one of the most important things you can do is to let us know if you know someone is walking around carrying a knife.
“By giving us this information, you provide us with the authority we need to stop and search those suspected of carrying weapons and prosecute those who are.”
You can let us know by calling us on our non-emergency 101 line, calling into your local police station or, if you would rather remain anonymous, calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
If someone’s in immediate danger, always call 999.
(Pictured right are a selection of the weapons surrendered in Grimsby during #OpSceptre this week)