AN INCREASE in the number of people armed with knives in public places is reflected in the rise in weapons act offences in the Ipswich Police District.
In 2013/14 there were 205 weapons act offences, up 46% from the 140 offences in 2012/13.
Inspector Keith McDonald said the situation was not out of control. He said the figures reflected "things like possession of knives in public places, and people are carrying baseball bats in their boot and arming themselves with different items".
"It is not an alarming situation," he said.
"But an area of concern is the fact that we are detecting more people with knives in public places now.
"People say, 'I am arming myself just in case something happens'.
"But you know that is a lame excuse and they are not carrying a knife to peel oranges. They are carrying it for a particular purpose."
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