Sandnes police have been authorized to stop and search pedestrians and motorists in Sandnes city centre so as to prevent knife crime.
There have been several recent reports of threats and violence where knives or similar weapons have been used in the city, writes Stavanger Aftenblad.
Police Chief Cecilie Heggli at Sandnes Police Station said several people are now afraid to spend time in the Sandnes city centre.
“People feel insecure. It is very unlikely that people will be exposed to knife violence but at the same time we take this seriously. We have the impression that today, the knife is carried more often than before,” she added.
On Tuesday, 50 people were stopped and searched but no weapons were found.
Heggli said that the decision on such checks was made by Chief of Police Hans Vik and that the Police Act Section 7a allows for this.
“The decision on such checks did not just stop on Tuesday. It still applies,” added Heggli.
She did not want to say exactly how long these checks will go on for.
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