Police officer in Ely surprised by ‘stop and search’ when he discovers knives on suspect he arrested and later charged with theft

Alarming items recovered in stop search procedure in Ely

Alarming items recovered in stop search procedure in Ely - Credit: Archant

An Ely police office posted to social media four photos of knives he took off a suspect in the city.

“Alarming items recovered yesterday in a stop search procedure in Ely,” said PC Den Williams.

He said the suspect had been arrested on suspicion of theft and has been charged,

Included among the haul – which have price tags around the £20 to £25 mark- is a curved cimeter or scimitar knife.

This particularl knife is used mainly by butchers and comes, typically, with a blade 8-14” (20-35cm) long. Its use is mainly for cutting large pieces of meat into individual steaks.


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In Peterborough earlier this month, Cambridgeshire Police organised a knife amnesty to encourage more people to hand in such lethal weapons.

In the past year there were 41 robberies in Peterborough involving a knife or bladed instrument.

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A police spokesman said: “Thankfully knife and firearm crime is relatively rare in Cambridgeshire.”

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