Police reveal the shocking discoveries they made during 24-hour knife crime crackdown


Police officers seized weapons, several thousand pounds in cash and a vehicle during searches in Flintshire last night as part of an order aimed at tackling knife crime.

On Friday, North Wales Police announced they were using a section 60 order to extend stop and search powers after a number of recent incidents in the Hawarden and Ewloe area where youngsters were believed to have been carrying knives.

As part of the order, 45 stops were completed overnight and a warrant was undertaken in the Shotton area where the items were found.

A section 60 order allows officers to stop search any person or vehicle for 24 hours without normal grounds.

It came into force at 5pm on Friday and lasted for 24 hours.

Inspector Gareth Cust said: “Due to the knife-related incidents in Garden City and the Connah’s Quay areas this week, I have authorised a Section 60 in the Deeside area.

“The object being to catch and disrupt those carrying weapons that harm our communities.

“This is not a power I take lightly and is subject to much scrutiny.

“I do so in reaction to events and to make and keep our communities safe.”


Earlier this week, police said there had been a worrying increase in gangs carrying weapons in Hawarden and Ewloe to take part in pre-arranged brawls.

Police said the youngsters had been arming themselves with knives in the incidents.


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