Kieran McCarthy MLA stated: “I am deeply disturbed that knife crime has increased by 10% in between last year and the previous year.
“Knife crime is one of the biggest problems facing wider society at present.
“Officers will be on the streets with a metal detector wand and hopefully this will help catch knife-wielding thugs and deter others from such behaviour. I hope this PSNI campaign is successful and that it stops knife crime becoming an epidemic like it has done in some other parts of the UK. The culture of some people carrying knives needs to be tackled head on.
“Stronger sentences for those who carry knives and more vigilance from parents is needed to tackle this problem.”