Youngsters praised for reporting ‘hidden’ knives find to police

Knives found by youngsters. PIC: Norfolk Police Twitter.

Knives found by youngsters. PIC: Norfolk Police Twitter. - Credit: Archant

Youngsters have been praised by police after they contacted them after finding three knives.

The three young people found the knives 'partially hidden outside a housing area' in the Heartsease area of the city on Tuesday (February 19) morning.

PC Jamie Willetts said: 'Due to the appearance they may have been there a little while.

'They were partially hidden behind some street furniture'.

He said an officer from the Norwich North Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) met with the youhts the retrieved the weapons.

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PC Willetts, who said the weapons will be destroyed, added: 'We are grateful to the youths for acting so responsibly and this goes to show that there are many helpful and well meaning young people in our fine city.'

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Norwich Police praised the youngsters on social media this evening (Tuesday, February 19).

They tweeted: 'Well done to three local youngsters, they spotted these knives partially hidden outside a housing area. Without touching them, they contacted Police, enabling us to quickly retrieve and destroy them. #keepknivesoffourstreets #goodyoungpeople @word4weapons @OCowardsC #NNSNT #PC629.'

Recent figures show that while knife crime has risen by 47pc in Norfolk since 2010, the past year has seen a drop of around a third from 335 offences in the year ending June 2017 to 230 a year later.

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