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Cheltenham nightclub installs metal detector as town shows worst knife crime in Gloucestershire

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

A man is scanned with a metal detector as he enters a nightclub in Gloucester. Police in Gloucestershire said Cheltenham is the worst spot for knife crime

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A "knife arch" security gate is to be installed in a Cheltenham nightclub.

Gloucestershire police said they will work with the as yet unnamed club as part of a crackdown on knife crime.

A Freedom of Information request revealed dozens of people have been injured due to a knife and gun crimes in Cheltenham.

Police say that 49 crimes involving knives or firearms were reported to them since January last year.

Knife crimes are most prevalent in Cheltenham town centre with nine knife-related injuries out of 14 incidents reported.

Hester's Way, Fairview, St Mark's, St Paul's, Springbank and Fiddlers Green were also affected in the town.

Inspector Tim Waterhouse said: "We are confident that knife and gun crime aren't a problem in the Cheltenham area.

"However, ongoing education around the dangers of carrying knives or weapons is really important and we are working with local schools to reinforce that message.

He added: "Over the coming weeks, we will also be working with a nightclub in the town to carry out a knife arch operation."

Knife arch metal detectors are becoming increasingly common in pubs and clubs.

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