HUNDREDS OF ARRESTS, WEAPONS SEIZED – Operation Sceptre week of action

(Knives recovered in Croydon during Operation Sceptre’s week of action)

The latest phase of the Metropolitan Police’s ‘ Operation Sceptre’ to fight knife crime has seen nearly 300 arrests and in excess of 250 weapons taken off the streets.

Running from Monday, 12 February, the week of action involved partnership with City of London Police and British Transport Police, as schools broke up for half-term. This activity was carried out in support of a week of national action across all forces.

Throughout the week, officers across the Met recovered a total of 265 knives, six firearms, and 45 other offensive weapons.

A total of 289 arrests were made, including 63 arrests for possession of a knife or offensive weapon.

Officers carried out 645 weapon sweeps across London and executed 76 intelligence-led warrants. Proactive operations to target wanted knife crime offenders were also carried out.

The Met’s Operation Sceptre Taskforce Team, a group of around 100 officers, were also deployed to work closely with borough officers to target knife crime hotspots.

Examples of some of last week’s activities include:

– Officers conducted an intelligence-led warrant at an address in Croydon and recovered 16 knives, a smoke grenade and more than £50,000;

– 127 knives were recovered from a weapons bin in Islington;

– In Leyton, officers pulled over a vehicle and located a machete under the passenger seat;

– One man was arrested for possession of offensive weapons and a firearm following a warrant executed by officers in Camden. A number of prohibited knives, a knuckle duster, multiple firearms and a crossbow were seized from the property;

– Forensic work carried out by officers following the arrest of a male in Islington linked his fingerprints to a Samurai sword discarded at a scene of disorder in 2013.

The Met continues to call for support from communities across London.

Acting DCS Sean Yates said: “This latest week of Sceptre action involved a strong focus on all three local forces coming together to tackle knife crime. “Crime does not recognise police boundaries, and neither do we.

“This work is carried out every day across London. “There is an ongoing, concerted effort by officers across the Met to tackle this scourge on our streets.

“But such proactive action is only part of the solution as enforcement can only get us so far. “This is not just a policing issue, we need everyone to join together to tackle knife crime.

“The work of our schools officers, communities, partners and the various projects and conferences taking place across the Met are vital in helping to achieve this.

Knife bins can be found throughout London as part of the Met’s effort to take knives off the streets. A map showing the location of the bins is available on our website at http://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime

If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives please contact your local police via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  (Source: Metropolitan Police press release)

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