The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is this week supporting a national week of police action on knife crime.

Operation Sceptre, which takes place twice a year, will run from 16th to 22nd May.

Throughout the week, South Yorkshire Police will be taking part in targeted activity and operations to disrupt criminal activity and knife crime. They will also be raising awareness of the devastating impact it can have on individuals, families and the wider community.

The VRU will be supporting the operation through visiting community groups and other organisations they work with in each district across South Yorkshire, as well as liaising with partners and sharing key messages on their social media channels in support of the police effort.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Tackling knife crime and violence in South Yorkshire is a priority for the Violence Reduction Unit, and I’m pleased that this week the Unit will be supporting Operation Sceptre.

“As a national week of police action aimed specifically at dealing with knife crime, this supports our aim of working with partners, organisations and communities to prevent and reduce violence in South Yorkshire.”