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Trying to stop more serious violence on Fenland's streets

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Published by Chris Craddock at 5:15am 18th April 2019.

Trying to stop more serious violence on Fenland's streets.

Cambridgeshire Police have put together a new specialist team to focus on this issue.

They're working to prevent youngsters from getting their hands on dangerous weapons.



Serious Street Based Violence will also focus on the drugs market as well as county line criminals who target market towns in rural areas.

They will work alongside groups like local councils to provide support to young people and community groups.

Superintendent Jon Hutchinson said:

"There is evidence that weapon carrying in Cambridgeshire is on the increase.



"Feedback to us from neighbourhood teams and partner agencies shows a far higher tendency for young people to carry weapons in the county - and the use of, or threat of violence, is inherent.

"Despite this, and despite widespread recent media coverage of knife crime nationally, Cambridgeshire remains an incredibly safe place to live in comparison to the national picture and we do not want to cause unnecessary concern in the county.

"We are working hard to tackle Serious Street Based Violence but we cannot do it alone.

"You could even save a life."

"I would strongly urge parents to talk to their children around carrying weapons and the risks associated with doing so.

"There have been some heart-breaking cases in Cambridgeshire over the last few years where young men have lost their lives because of a dispute over drugs or because their attacker decided to carry a weapon.

"It is vital that if anyone knows someone who carries a weapon, they report that to us so we can act on it and build up intelligence.

"Your information will help us more than you think. You could even save a life."

If you see someone carrying a weapon - you should call 101.

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