Stop and search powers have been used in Rhyl as part of a weekend crackdown on knife crime.
Police said the powers were in response to recent incidents in the area – including the murder of shop owner Amarjeet Singh-Bhakar – as both a reassurance and a crime prevention measure.
Patrol officers in the town were able to carry out searches on people for offensive weapons under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The powers came into force at 9pm on Friday night and were extended until 7am on Sunday morning.
Inspector Alwyn Williams from North Wales Police said: ”The use of knives or similar weapons can have tragic consequences and people need to be reminded that it is a serious offence to carry such articles…our aim is to deter people from carrying knives, to prevent any serious incident and to reassure the Rhyl public that we are taking positive action. We will take robust action against offenders.”