How police have been tackling knife crime in Three Rivers

Updated: 29 May 2019

Police continue to crackdown on drug and knife crime - although a detective inspector says the issue is "nowhere near a critical level"

Hertfordshire Constabulary as been working hard in Three Rivers, where weapon sweeps have been taking place in open spaces alongside a knife arch at Carpenders Park station.

No weapons were found in either operation.

In South Oxhey, officers have been tackling suspected drug supply and knife-related crime. Police say as a result of this work, a number of people are currently under investigation.

An operation on May 10 saw a 16-year-old boy from South Oxhey arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to supply a Class B drug and obstructing a police officer. He has been released under investigation.

A 19-year-old man from South Oxhey was arrested for previously failing to appear at court in relation to a number of burglaries. He appeared before Hatfield Remand Court on May 11 and received a 12-month conditional discharge.

Three Rivers Detective Inspector Mike Hanson said: “We recognise that knife crime is a complex and multifarious issue and while we do not have anywhere near a critical level of knife-related offending in Three Rivers, we are in no way complacent.

"If we have reason to believe someone is carrying a knife or involved in related criminal activity, we will act.

"We are committed to working closely with our partners, including local authorities and housing associations, in order to tackle the issue head on."

Andy Stovold, Head of Community Partnerships at  Three Rivers District Council , added: “Addressing serious violence, including knife crime and criminal exploitation, is one of the key priorities for the Three Rivers community safety partnership.

“The council remains committed to using its anti-social behaviour powers in partnership with colleagues from the police and other agencies to help protect the community, and keep Three Rivers the safest district in Hertfordshire.”

It follows comments from the county's police and crime commissioner who is concerned that police are not being told about "potentially violent young people" moving into districts such as Three Rivers.