A teenager and a man have been arrested amid concern groups have been carrying knives in Bristol City Centre.
Police made the arrests over the weekend as officers continue attempts to tackle knife crime in the area.
A 16-year-old male was arrested after being found in possession of a machete and a 21-year-old man wasarrested after being found with a combat knife, class B drugs, and a quantity of cash.
Both have been released under investigation as officers continue their enquiries.
A member of the public contacted police at around 3.25am to report concerns a “small group of males” were carrying knives in the Canon’s Road area of Bristol City Centre on Saturday, November 13,
Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement: “A 16-year-old boy was subsequently detained outside Pryzm nightclub for the purposes of a stop and search and officers recovered a machete. He was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.
“A 21-year-old man was then traced to the fountains near St Augustine’s Parade where he was detained and a combat knife seized from his person. A quantity of cash and class B drugs was also found.
“He was arrested for possession of a bladed article and for possession of drugs with intent to supply.
“Both males were conveyed to custody and have now been released under investigation while enquiries continue.”
Avon and Somerset Police are taking part in Operation Sceptre this week, which is a national week of police action against knife crime.
Officers are conducting high-visibility patrols and weapon sweeps throughout the week to find and recover knives and bladed items from places where they are hidden or stored.
Yesterday, the force conducted a search in Hartcliffe, successfully recovering knives and bladed items from a wooded area, while three knives were also recovered from Castle Park on Monday.
The force has placed knife-surrender bins in 10 locations across Bristol where blades can be left safely with no questions asked. A further six bins have been installed for the duration of Operation Sceptre (November 13 to November 21), and you can find the full list here.
Police are also engaging with schools and communities by conducting educational workshops in an effort to reduce and prevent knife crime.
On Saturday, November 13, officers tested that shops are not selling bladed items to people who are underage. Of the 82 shops tested, 21 failed and either sold a knife to an underage volunteer or failed to ask for ID.
Neighbourhood Policing Team officers will be visiting these shops to issue a warning notice, along with an advice pack outlining the law and how they can adhere to it.
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