Police are looking for knives in the level in Brighton

Police conducted a search for weapons as part of a nationwide crackdown on knife crime.

The search took place at the level on Ditchling Road in Brighton, which is considered a knife crime hotspot.

The Argus: Chris Philp, center, spoke to community search volunteers and thanked them for their workChris Philp, center, spoke to community search volunteers and thanked them for their work (Image: The Argus)

Police Minister Chris Philp attended the stabbing and spoke to volunteers from the Sussex Community Search.

He told the Argus: “I wanted to come to Brighton to see firsthand the incredible work that is going on across Sussex, particularly in the 15 knife crime hotspots.

“What struck me was the incredible results that have been delivered here over the past few years.”

Data shows that knife crime has fallen by 50 per cent and muggings by 35 per cent in Sussex’s 15 hotspots over the past three years.

The Argus: It was a wet night on the level while the police searched for gunsIt was a wet night in the level while the police were looking for guns (Image: The Argus)

Mr Philp added: “This exemplary work in Sussex is something that we can apply more broadly.”

According to Sussex Police, 40 per cent of all knife crimes in the region take place in the 15 hotspots.

Nine of these locations are in Brighton and Hove.

The knife sweep is part of Operation Sceptre, a nationwide week focused on preventing knife crime.

During the search, community search volunteers found a gun in the bushes.

Scott Walters, Neighborhood Inspector for Brighton and Hove, said: “With our search helpers we are looking for weapons that have been purposely hidden for later use.

“We found an item that was clearly customized and crafted to harm someone.”

The Argus: Neighborhood Inspector Walters is holding the found weapon - a padlock in a small flannel attached to a ropeNeighborhood Inspector Walters is holding the gun he found – a padlock in a small flannel attached to a rope (Image: The Argus)

The weapon found was a padlock in a small flannel attached to a rope.

Inspector Walters said if such an object were swung and smashed into someone it would cause “significant injuries”.

“Finding this is important to us as it gives us confidence in our ability to rid these public open spaces of such items,” said Inspector Walters.

“Fortunately, that’s not common, and this is the first weapon of this type I’ve seen in my many years of knife sweeping.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Inspector, also took part in the sweep.

She told The Argus: “The Level is a known hotspot that has had a history of serious incidents.

“But with carefully targeted patrols, we’ve seen a decrease in knife crime.”

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