Knife crime keeps rising in Norfolk while police target violent gangs
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Knife crime continues to rise in the wake of violent drug gangs as the county's police commissioner said the force is 'able to cope with demand'.
In the week the Home Office published its Serious Violence Strategy to prevent young people equipping themselves with weapons, new figures reveal knife crime in Norfolk has tripled since 2013.
Norfolk Constabulary recorded 269 crimes in which knives were used between October 2016 and September 2017, an increase of 186pc on the same period in 2012-13.
Violent crime associated with drugs has been a focus for Norfolk Constabulary since November 2016, when it declared a critical incident in response to a number of stabbings county-wide.
Operation Gravity was launched and focused on disrupting the flow of drugs into Norfolk - stemming the tide of associated violence.
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In the last 12 months 350 arrests have been made, and knives are routinely seized by officers.
The issue has become a national focus after a spike in violent crime in the capital.
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In a speech announcing the Serious Violence Strategy, home secretary Amber Rudd said that there were strong links between the rise in knife crime and drug dealing, with over half of deaths since 2014 involving a victim or a suspect using or dealing drugs.
Among the measures announced were new restrictions to be placed on the online sale of knives, and a complete ban on certain weapons, including zombie knives.