Thirteen people have been arrested and five charged during a week-long knife crackdown by police.  

Alongside the arrests, 21 knives were seized including 12 collected from surrender bins.  

Officers conducted high-visibility patrols, 73 weapon sweeps and 63 stop searches in the week-long Sceptre initiative. 

Out of the 13 arrests, five men from Norwich were charged. 

Stuart Brittain, aged 35 and of Bowman Road, was charged on May 21 with GBH. 

He appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody to appear at Norwich Crown Court on June 18. 

Joseph Kerr, 27, and Jake Midgley, 26, both of Cromer Road, were charged on May 14 with possession of a knife. 

They have been bailed to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on June 25. 

Tomas Nikanorovas, aged 29 and of Wortham Close, was charged on May 15 with possession of an offensive weapon. 

He was bailed to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on June 13.  

Patrick White, aged 47 and of Mountergate, was charged on May 15 with theft and possession of a knife. 

He appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court and was bailed to appear at the same court on December 19. 

Officers also made 16 visits to local retailers in efforts to check and ensure the safe and responsible sale of knives. 

Inspector Ian Cox said: "This latest week of action underlines our year-round commitment to tackle knife-related crime in Norfolk. 

“While levels of knife crime do remain low in our county, we know the devastating effect it can have on families.

"We will continue to work hard to reduce that further and protect our community.”