Man sentenced to prison for possession of a bladed article – Slough
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A man has been jailed after he was convicted of possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis in Slough as part of Thames Valley Police’s Operation Deter.
Rrahim Statovci, aged 19, of Foundry Court in Slough was sentenced to 40 weeks’ imprisonment following a hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (3/11).
On Wednesday (2/11), Statovci was seen close to Slough train station by British Transport Police officers, who suspected he may be involved in drug dealing.
Statovci was stopped by the officers and admitted to being in possession of cannabis and a knife.
Following his arrest, Thames Valley Police continued the investigation and was charged and remanded the same day, appearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis and was immediately sentenced by the court to 40 weeks in custody.
He was also ordered to pay £187 victim surcharge.
Inspector Peter Lawman of the Slough Problem Solving Team said: “This swift conviction and prison sentence is an example of the quick work Operation Deter will pursue in tackling knife crime in Slough.
“This young man chose to take a knife onto the streets of Slough, and as a result of this decision, he will now spend time behind bars.
“The principle of Operation Deter is to prioritise charging and remanding offenders who are found in possession of knives.
“In this case, Statovci was in a prison cell and sentenced less than 24 hours after being arrested.
“Through Operation Deter, we will robustly target and pursue those who seek to carry knives in our communities.
“Knife carrying will not be tolerated in Slough. If you choose to carry a knife, you can expect harsh consequences.
“We ask our communities to help us as we tackle knife crime. If you know of anybody who may be carrying a knife, you can report this to Thames Valley Police by calling 101 or by making a report online.”