July 20, 2008
Police chiefs in South Yorkshire are to use airport-style metal detectors in areas where they suspect people to be carrying guns and knives.
Officers have already taken delivery of a number of new scanners. They will be used to support specific police intelligence – if police receive a tip-off about violence at a certain nightclub, for example.
The new tool in the war against gun and knife crime was unveiled on the day Home Office figures revealed knife crime across the county went up by 20 per cent last year.
The figures show that, of a total of over 145,000 crimes reported to police last year, 381 were classed as “knife crimes”.
But South Yorkshire Police stressed not all of those incidents resulted in someone being stabbed.