Following a stop and search made by officers in Islington, north London, officers arrested two males after recovering 30 combat knives and a lock knife.
At 17:35hrs on Thursday, 10th December, officers were on proactive patrol in the N5 area when they noticed a suspicious male stood on a wall handing several boxes up to another male through a window.
The 16-year-old was searched by officers under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
Inside the box, an officer found 15 hunting knives.
The 16-year-old was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and was taken into police custody where he remains.
Officers then went inside the property he was passing the boxes into and found a further 15 hunting knives in boxes.
The 15-year-old male inside the property also had a lock knife in his trousers.
He was also arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and remains in police custody.
Sergeant Pete Luciano of the Violent Crime Taskforce said:
“The seizure of these 31 weapons will have undoubtedly prevented them from being used in acts of violence and potentially even saved lives.
“Our officers are patrolling areas known for violence, and this case proves the value of intelligence-led stop and search.
“Reducing serious violence is the Met’s top priority and I hope the community feel reassured we were able to remove these weapons from the streets.”
This massive weapons haul comes only days after UNICEF UK called on the police not to use Tasers on ‘children’.
However, it was not made clear as to how an officer would be expected to know the age of an armed suspect who is presenting a threat to them or the general public, before deploying a taser.
In the report, Unicef UK said the government should prohibit the use of Taser’s on ‘children’ under the age of 18.
This latest incident comes only weeks after a police dog was struck 20 times over the head with a machete by a 16-year-old male.
Officers from West Midlands Police were called to a suspected break-in when police dog ‘Stark’ was attacked with the machete by one of the suspects.
PD Stark was rushed to a local vet for emergency treatment following the savage attack.
Thankfully, PD Stark made a full recovery and returned to work with his handler, PC Paul Hopley, earlier this week.
Knife-enabled youth crime in the UK is at an all-time high, with stop and search being one of the primary tools police have in preventing, detecting and deterring youths from carrying weapons.
To read more about some of the many successes police have had with stop and search, follow this link: Successful Stop & Searches
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