Passengers using trains in and out of Kidderminster railway station were searched for knives during a four-hour police operation.
A total of 90 passengers passed through the security checks during the operation, overseen by officers from across Wyre Forest. No knives were located but one passenger was subject to a formal stop and search.
A metal-detecting arch was put up at the exit from the station and all other exits blocked to ensure passengers were directed through the arch. Some bags were also searched as part of the high profile initiative designed to highlight West Mercia Police’s anti knife crime project Operation Spectre.
Kidderminster train station was chosen for the initiative following a recent triple stabbing involving three men, which resulted in all three needing hospital treatment. The most seriously hurt of the three suffered a collapsed lung.
In a similar exercise yesterday in Redditch, one knife was found.
Officers were at Kidderminster train station today conducting Op Sceptre. The operation targeting knife crime. pic.twitter.com/hjsvHXg3Pa
— Kidderminster SNTs (@KMinsterCops) September 19, 2018
Inspector Lewis Lincoln-Gordon, who managed the operation, said the aim was to reduce the number of knives being carried on the streets of Kidderminster and Wyre Forest.
The high profile police presence was also to reassure local people that steps were being taken to reduce the number of dangerous knives in circulation and protect communities.
All passengers cooperated with the operation, said Inspector Lewis Lincoln-Gordon.
“Intelligence suggests that criminals are coming into Kidderminster and Redditch by train, some with knives, often linked with organised crime and drugs. We want to ensure people know that something as serious as knife crime is being policed and taken seriously.”
Police are also asking people to surrender any dangerous knives in their possession as part of a week-long West Mercia wide operation called Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife.
Inspector Lincoln-Gordon said there had been a few “difficult” conversations with members of the public in Redditch and Kidderminster questioning the right of the police to conduct searches and knife checks in this way.
“We do understand people may have concerns but we hope our officers have answered any questions in a friendly and open way. Ultimately our aim is to protect our communities.”