ANTI-KINFE DETECTORS TO BE USED IN TOWN SCHOOLSBy Victoria Corbett
July 05, 2006
POLICE are to use metal detectors to search pupils for knives in Wokingham schools.
As part of the force’s crackdown on blades, it plans to use metal detecting arches at the town’s schools, or use detecting ‘wands’ to search pupils.
The news comes a week after The Wokingham Times announced the launch of an anti-knife crime campaign and follows the police’s knife amnesty that ended on Friday.
Acting Chief Constable Sara Thornton said she had spoken to young people who believe teenagers start carrying knives to defend themselves from others who carry the weapons.
She said: “They were saying if you are not careful, you are going to get proliferation.
“The decent children are worrying about the children with knives and so are carrying weapons for protection.
“If you are not careful, this can escalate. One injury to a young person is one person too many.”
Wokingham police station had 67 knives handed in during the amnesty and Thames Valley as a whole had 4,326.
Acting Chf Con Thornton said: “Because we have had such an overwhelming response to the knife amnesty, we will continue our work.
See The Wokingham Times 05/07/06 for full story.