Greater Manchester Police have arrested two males on an electric motorbike after officers disguised themselves as construction workers in a bid to tackle knife crime as part of Operation Sycamore. 

The arrests took place on the University of Salford campus on the 6th July. Two hooded men on an electric motorbike were detained on suspicion of drug charges, possession of a bladed article, and driving offenses. A knife and suspected drugs were also seized.

Sergeant Matthew Atherton, of GMP Salford’s Southeast Neighbourhood Team, said: “The arrests made at the university campus are just one example of our proactive response to gang-related crime in our communities. Fighting drug and knife crime remains a top priority for us, to ensure that Salford is safe for all those who live and work here.”

A spokesperson for Salford university said: “Salford University, like other campuses has sadly seen an increase in the use of e-motorbikes by gangs involved in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. It has caused worry and concern to our students and the wider Salford community.

“We have a great relationship with our local police team and working together with them for an operation on the campus was planned and implemented carefully. It was a great bit of policing and really proved our joint commitment to keep the campus and community safe.”

The arrests come as part of Operation Sycamore, an effort by the GMP to fight, prevent and reduce knife crime. Gold Commander Assistant Chief Constable Wasim Chaudry said: “This weekend, members of the public can expect to see extra uniformed officers in communities across Greater Manchester which have been identified as hotspots.”

The increased focus on knife crime comes after three fatal stabbings on three consecutive weekends, the 22nd and 30th of January and the 4th February 2022. Mr Chaudry said: “”I would like to use this opportunity to remind people about our Forever Amnesty bins which are located at 13 police stations across Greater Manchester. “

Mr Chaudry also urged people to report anyone who has or anyone who they suspect to have a knife. Anyone with information can contact GMP via or 101. In an emergency always dial 999. Alternatively, the independent charity- Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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