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Man caught with knife in the City jailed

  • Nine months in prison for possession of knife

  • Knife found in passenger’s bag when car was pulled over

  • Operation Sceptre - Police across London working hard to tackle knife crime

A man caught carrying a knife in the City has been jailed for nine months.

Grantly Dey, 27, of Islip Street, Camden, was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday 27 October 2017 for possession of a knife.

Dey was a passenger in a car that was stopped by City of London Police officers on Aldersgate Street in January this year. When the driver gave information that didn’t match that of the car’s owner, the vehicle was searched. It was at this point a bag belonging to Dey was found to contain the offensive weapon.

Dey pleaded not guilty at a trial at Inner London Crown Court, where the judge spoke of “epidemic levels” of knife crime in London.

One less weapon on the streets

Detective Constable Joseph Farrell of the City of London Police said of the sentencing:

“The City of London Police is working hard to reduce knife crime and are extremely pleased there is now one less dangerous weapon on our streets.

“We hope this sentence will act as a deterrent for those carrying, or thinking of carrying, a knife.

“Nine months is a long time to spend in prison for carrying a weapon you may have no intention of using.”

Operation Sceptre

 The City of London Police work alongside the Metropolitan Police Force and British Transport Police to tackle knife crime as part of Operation Sceptre. The dedicated campaign aims to reduce knife crime, and the number of families affected by knife crime, across the whole of London.

To hear stories of the people affected by knife crime, and to find out more information about how you can help reduce it, search #StopKnifeCrime on Twitter.

Do you know someone who is involved in knife crime?

Many people carry knives because they feel pressured by others to do so and they are fearful of the repercussions. Another common reason is for their own protection.

If you or someone you know carries a knife, remember - carrying a knife is illegal. Those caught carrying a weapon will be prosecuted even if they never use it or are carrying it for someone else.

Using a weapon can result in the loss of life, even when this wasn’t the intended outcome. Murder convictions can lead to life imprisonment but carrying a knife can also increase your own risk of being injured.

If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives please report it online, contact your local police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

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