Issued on 7/11/18 at 12:08 p.m.
Police patrols are being stepped up in Eyres Monsell amid concerns about an increase in knife crime.
It follows an incident between two teenagers who received stab wounds in Hillsborough Road on Friday 19 October. Both were subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray and have been released pending further enquiries.
Two other arrests of a 21-year-old man and 18-year-old man in relation to the same incident have also been made. They have also been released pending further enquiries.
Officers are now seeking to reassure the community and will be stepping up their day to day patrols. They will use their stop and search powers if they believe anyone is acting inappropriately or suspiciously.
In addition, officers will be targeting any known habitual knife carriers, and conducting weapon searches in hot spot areas.
Sergeant Ben Widdowson, a dedicated neighbourhood sergeant for the Wigston and South Wigston beats, said: “Members of the public have expressed concern that knife crime in the areas may be going up. We wish to respond robustly to this, that’s why officers will be out and about throughout Eyres Monsell to act as both a deterrent and reassurance.
“Knife crime will not be tolerated and the message to those carrying a knife is that the consequences can be devastating, not only for others, but for themselves.
“The force has worked extremely hard to educate young people in schools and through youth engagement activities, including our #LivesNotKnives campaign that carrying a knife is not a status symbol and there can be very serious penalties.”