Police search park in Tingley for discarded or hidden knives during operation

Police have searched a park in Tingley as part of an operation to find discarded or hidden knives.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 11:45 am

Officers searched Hesketh Park in Tingley as part of Operation Sceptre - which brings a "nationwide focus to knife crime"

No knives or blades were found during the sweep, officers confirmed.

Police asked the public to help keep parks and public areas safe.

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Officers searched Hesketh Park in Tingley as part of Operation Sceptre - which brings a "nationwide focus to knife crime"

In a Facebook post, Leeds South team said: "As part of #OpSceptre Morley NPT have been searching parks for any discarded or hidden knives which could be used to harm other people.

"#OperationSceptre brings a nationwide focus to knife crime.

"This evening a knife sweep was carried out by officers at Hesketh Park in Tingley.

"Thankfully no knives were found, please help us in making sure our parks and streets are a safe place for everyone."

The operation comes just a week after officers found two large knives during a weapons sweep in Leeds.

It was part of a joint operation with Leeds Council in the Ebor Gardens and Haslewood Estate area of Burmantofts.

The operation took place on Wednesday, April 28.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said:

West Yorkshire Police said: "These knives were found during a weapons sweep by the Leeds east and Operaton Jemlock teams yesterday in the Ebor Gardens / Haslewood Estate area of Leeds as part of Operation Sceptre.

"These are potentially dangerous weapons that cannot now be used for violence.

"We worked with Leeds Council and also spoke with people in the area, explaining that carrying a knife is never the answer.

"Thanks to everyone who gave us a warm welcome."