Another weekend of increased patrols in the Pinehurst and Penhill areas of Swindon saw two teenagers arrested for carrying weapons

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As part of the ongoing operation to tackle violence and drugs related activity, officers also seized a vehicle after a routine traffic stop discovered the driver was driving without a valid licence and located class A and B drugs hidden in bushes that have been seized.

At around 8.15pm on Saturday night (12/09) officers stopped and searched a group of people in Market Square, in Swindon.

A knife was seized and a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article in a public place. He has since been released under investigation while our enquiries continue.

Meanwhile, yesterday evening (13/09), at around 6.06pm, a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in public at the play park off of Gilman Close, North Swindon.

A hammer was found in a rucksack that was discarded as well as a small quantity of cannabis, with the teenager also arrested for possession of Class B drugs and affray. He has since been released under investigation.

Officers are also appealing for witnesses after two CCTV cameras in Beech Avenue, Pinehurst, were targeted by arson attacks.

A man set them alight using petrol shortly after 10pm on Sunday evening (13/09), with the council already replacing the damaged cameras.

Anyone who may have seen the incident or have any information is asked to contact us by calling 101 and quoting crime reference 54200092295.

Acting Inspector Georgina Romani, of the Stratton, Central North and West Swindon Community Policing Team, said: “It was another busy and positive weekend of activity as we continue to target those intent on causing harm to our community.

“These patrols are not only seeing tangible results but also helping us build a comprehensive intelligence picture that will help us tackle this issue.

“One major concern to us is the ages of some of the individuals involved. We are working with the local schools and our other partners to try and address this.

“I’d like to reaffirm that carrying a weapon is a criminal offence and knife crime has a catastrophic impact and can ruin lives.

“We will continue a robust approach to these incidents and continue to patrol the areas, not just at weekends but throughout the week.

“As always, we rely on the support of the community, who have been fantastic. If you have any information regarding this type of illegal activity in your area, call us on 101.