News

Police targeting illegal use of knives

Inspector Keith McDonald
Inspector Keith McDonald Sarah Harvey

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."

 

ALSO MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...

CMC country music festival to rock Ipswich from 2015

Council turns down Maccas after Raceview protest

Crims: You will be caught

Proactive policing sees a 2403% increase in drug seizures

Topics:  crime statistics ipswich police district



Get ready to swelter in spring heatwave

You might want to head to the nearest body of water today.

Highs of up to 35 expected

New Year drug boom backfires for mum

The New Year was a smokin' hot time for the meth and marijuana business.

Her rap sheet includes crimes deemed disgusting and appalling.

Things to do this weekend

AND THEY'RE OFF: Don't miss the action at Bundamba Racecourse today.

What's on in Ipswich

Local Partners