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Blade runners: Coast cops seize dozens of weapons in knife crackdown

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Police have seized 36 weapons from axes to knuckle dusters and arrested 63 people in the first three months of random metal-detector checks to crackdown on knife-crime on the Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast police acting chief superintendent Rhys Wildman said police had checked 902 people since 30 April in the state’s first trial of the metal-detecting wands at the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach safe night precincts.

The safe night precincts are designed to reduce late-night drug and alcohol-related violence. There had been a significant reduction in knife crime in those areas over the past three months, Wildman said.

“With the wanding trial, it was always about enhancing the safety of those areas and keeping the community safe, which it seems to be achieving at this point in time,” Wildman said.

He said of the 902 people wanded, 608 people were adults and 294 were juveniles.

Wildman said police arrested 63 people for offences that also included drugs and other matters.

Action was taken in relation to weapons against 27 people in the past three months, of whom 12 were juveniles.

Police had seized a total of 36 weapons seized that included axes, knuckle dusters, screwdrivers and folding knives. Gold Coast police were given the enhanced powers to use the metal detecting wands to target knife crime when the State Government introduced a suite of Youth Justice reforms to target hardcore recidivist offenders in April.

The crackdown also came after 17-year Jack Beasley was stabbed to death in Surfers Paradise on a night out with friends in December 2019.

The Jack Beasley Foundation, which was started by Beasley’s parents Brett and Belinda, have continued to call for tougher action on knife crime on the Gold Coast.

The couple on Friday night accompanied police during the wanding operation.

“They actually came out and were part of the trial operations on Friday night and it was really important for them to be part of It,” Wildman said.

“We don’t want another family like the Beasleys to have to go through what they’ve been through.”

 

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