POLICE in Andover have worked to crack down on knife crime in the town, with preventive measures taking place this week.

Hampshire Constabulary has joined forces nationwide for Operation Sceptre which brings together all 43 police forces and British Transport Police to tackle knife crime in a week of intensified action.

Officers from Andover Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out searches for knives in open areas across the town.

The searches aimed to “reduce risk and make these places safer for members of the community.”

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Police searched Vigo Park, Smannell Road skate park and Rocket Park in King George Road.

A post on Test Valley Cops Facebook said that officers located and seized four articles that “could have been used to cause harm”.

The post added: “Do you know of anyone hiding or carrying knives? Please report this by calling 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”

The Knife Surrender bin remains at the front counter of Andover Police station for the rest of this week for any knives people have and wish to dispose of.