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Two charged after man attacked with scissors in Coventry

Two people have been charged after reports of a man being attacked with a pair of scissors in Coventry.

Yesterday we reported how a man and woman had been arrested in Corporation Street in the city centre at around 3pm on Monday

Last night 37-year-old Mathew Clamp, from Radford Road in Coventry, and 29-year-old Kirsty Allison, of no fixed address, were both charged with wounding and possession of an offensive weapon.

Allison also faces another count of handling stolen goods after it’s alleged a laptop taken from a car was found in her handbag.

Both were due to appear in court this today.

Those arrests were part of a week of action by city police targeting knife crime.

Monday’s activity saw officers out in force across Hillfields and the city centre, plus Tile Hill, Willenhall and Binley areas.

Two knives were found hidden in Primrose Hill Park, Hillfields, and three knives, a machete and a hammer in Edgwick Park during weapons sweeps, while officers used stop and search powers to check three people.

Watch our video report from Hillfields below.

 

Coventry Police Superintendent Phil Healy, said: "This is a really intensive week of activity with officers across the city working on knife crime initiatives - from schools inputs warning of the dangers of carrying knives to lock-downs, drones operations and monitoring of known knife offenders.

"Knife crime has a devastating impact on young lives, families and communities… and that devastation is something we’ve seen too often in recent months in the city.

"We need to drive out this culture of people feeling comfortable carrying knives or feeling the need to carry knives for protection.

"Violent crime in Coventry, particularly knife crime, has been made a West Midlands Police force priority. It means we can tap into extra police resources to help tackle the issue and run more operations aimed at catching offenders and safeguarding young people."

The national campaign - codenamed Operation Sceptre - sees all 44 police forces in England and Wales deploying an array of tactics to seize weapons, catch offenders and protect the public.

In February 2018, Op Sceptre resulted in more than 600 arrests nationally - almost half for knife-related offences - while more than 4,000 weapons were seized.

But Supt Healy stressed that tackling knife crime cannot be done through policing alone and that partner agencies and communities also have a key role to play.

He added: "We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. We need parents to speak to their children - they should know where they are and who they are mixing with - and challenge them if they have suspicions over their behaviour.

"As part of our response to this corrosive issue we are actively working with our local communities, voluntary sector, faith groups and other partners to see what more we can do together to deal with the root causes."

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