The police force who cover Milton Keynes have looked to reassure the public after recent serious violence incidents.

Two murder investigations have been opened up in Milton Keynes by Thames Valley Police since the start of 2021, making it five in their region after three were also opened in Reading. In each separate incident, the offenders and victims have been known to each other.

None of the offences are linked to each other in any way, but all have involved knives being used.

There have also been a number of other violent incidents across the Thames Valley recently which have involved knives.

Thames Valley Police has a broad range of visible tactics used to tackle serious violence and knife crime, such us the use of stop and search, Section 60s, intelligence-led patrols, executing warrants, knife arches, knife wands, knife bins, test purchase operations and CCTV. However, there are also many security measures that members of the public cannot see.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter, Head of Crime for Thames Valley Police, said, “Although none of these offences are linked in any way with no threat to the wider public, they all demonstrate to us the simple fact that knives ruin lives.

“If people carry knives as weapons, the consequence is that serious injury and sometimes death can be the tragic result.

“That is why our officers are continuing to do everything in their power to robustly combat this issue. We will not tolerate these sort of crimes, which put so many people at risk.

“We will continue to work with our partners for early intervention and prevention and we will continue to use powers such as stop and search, as well as implementing Section 60 orders whenever we need to.

“Our absolute priority is always to keep the public safe and I want people to feel reassured that the Thames Valley remains a safe place.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our officers and staff who have worked so hard this year investigating these five incidents. In each one, people have been arrested and charged. The professionalism and hard work of everyone involved has been outstanding.”

If you are worried that someone you know is using violence or is carrying a knife, report it and the police can then take the necessary steps to safeguard them and identify those responsible.

To make a report of serious violence, call Thames Valley Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online.

Thames Valley Police understands that that they cannot fight serious violence and knife crime by enforcement only, we also need to educate, intervene and prevent crime in our communities.

For example, the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit offers a mentoring scheme that supports young people who are at risk of exclusion from education and, or are currently within the criminal justice system. Details of the scheme can be found via the VRU’s website – tvvru.co.uk/project/new-leaf/