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Knife arches scan city revellers

Man being searched
Mobile knife arches can be used in different locations

Airport-style security scanners are being used at railway stations in Wakefield in an attempt to reduce weapons crime.

The portable detectors will scan people arriving at Kirkgate and Westgate stations for nights out, to ensure they do not have knives or other weapons.

West Yorkshire Police said Wakefield did not have more knife crime than other similar-sized areas.

But it said it wanted revellers to feel "safe and secure" in the city.

The force is working with the British Transport Police (BTP) on the scheme.

Insp Richard Price, from the BTP, said: "[We] do not tolerate possession of weapons or any other crime on the railway and frequently conduct operations such as this on trains and in stations to ensure it remains that way.

"Anyone thinking of travelling with weapons on the railway should be aware that we will continue to mount these operations regularly at stations throughout the area."

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