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01.06.23 – Operation Sceptre, Brave Duo save elderly neighbour

Written by on 31 May 2023

Staffordshire Police have recovered more than 170 knives as part of a week of action across Staffordshire.

Operation Sceptre, which took place from 15 to 21 May, saw officers intensify their efforts in the fight against knife crime through knife sweeps, stop searches, using knife detectors in public places and the promotion of knife banks for people to surrender them anonymously.

As a result, Police made nine arrests and recovered more than 170 knives, including 150 which had been placed in knife banks throughout the week.

Police also took part in 35 educational visits as part of the #DitchTheBlade campaign, which saw officers speaking to 3,000 young people and their parents or carers about the dangers of carrying a knife and the support services available if they feel pressured to carry one.

In addition, as part of the ‘Ditch The Blade’ campaign Trading Standards teams from Stoke-on-Trent City Council completed test purchase exercises with local retailers to ensure that they were complying with the law so only those who can prove they are over 18 can purchase knives.


A father and son who saved their elderly neighbour after a fire broke out in her home have been praised by Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber at a special ceremony, where David Nutter and his 11 year old son Adam were both given certificates for for their courage in rescuing their neighbour.

On 28 December last year they heard what they initially thought to be their neighbour’s alarm clock going off, but Adam soon realised that the noise may be the smoke alarm and insisted that he and his father investigate.  David went to the neighbour’s house and spotted a fire that had spread from an open fire burning in the living room area.

The father and son duo immediately sprang into action and David managed to get the elderly neighbour, who had mobility issues, into their wheelchair and safely out of the building into the care of ambulance crews, who had already been alerted to the fire.