Police forces have installed ‘knife arches’ at railway stations in England and Wales to tackle violent knife crime.
London’s Metropolitan Police in partnership with the British Transport Police (BTP), Thames Valley Police, Merseyside Police, and Leicestershire Police are some of the forces involved in Operation Sceptre, which takes place twice a year.
The knife arches, set up at railway stations’ entrances and exits, use electromagnetic pulses to detect metal objects passing through them. The metal detectors are portable and can be moved around to different parts of the stations, to deter criminals carrying weapons with violent intent. Police may also stop and search travellers who are appearing to act suspiciously upon registering the presence of the knife arches, according to a Telegraph report.
Today we have been carrying out another joint operation against knife crime with officers from Reading.
The knife arches were deployed at Reading West, Tilehurst & Pangbourne