Child aged just 14 found carrying knife whilst walking round Leeds city centre

A knife with a blade the length of a biro was found on a teenage boy in Leeds city centre.

Sunday, 29th December 2019, 4:00 pm
A 14-year-old boy was charged with being in possession of this knife (left) after being stopped and searched on Bridge End in Leeds city centre

The 14-year-old was stopped on Bridge End and searched by officers from West Yorkshire Police's Operation Jemlock, which tackles violence and knife crime.

Officers tweeted a picture of the knife found on the teenager, who has since been charged and scheduled to appear in court.

The incident on Friday evening came as another male in his early twenties was charged with being in possession of a knuckle duster.

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The 24-year-old was arrested in Rodley and also questioned over drug driving and drug supply offences, which are both still under investigation.

Rates of knife crime in Leeds have soared year-on-year in recent years.

Operation Jemlock officers revealed earlier this month how a sweep search of a park in Harehills upturned several bladed weapons in bushes near to a children's play area.

Since the Operation began in April this year, there have been more than 1,300 arrests and 100 weapons seized.

A man was charged with being in possession of a knuckle duster after being stopped by police in Rodley, Leeds