Officers from the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) have seized a large Rambo knife in Tooting following another successful stop and search.
Around 12:40 pm on Tuesday, 27 October officers were on proactive patrol on Trinity Road when they saw a man riding an electric scooter on the pavement.
The officers stopped the 19-year-old man and carried out a search.
Concealed in the male’s trousers was a large ‘Rambo’ knife.
The officers seized it, and the man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.
He currently remains in police custody.
Nearly 1,000 Weapons Have Been Seized During Stop & Search Operations In London Over The Last Six Months
Sergeant Leon Coltress of the VCTF said:
“The weapon seized today could have caused serious harm if we hadn’t conducted this stop and search, proving just how valuable this tactic is.
“Tackling violence is our top priority and we will continue to target those who carry weapons and commit offences.
“Communities also have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime, and we urge anyone who may have information to tell us so that we can tackle violence together.
“We need information about crime or those who carry a weapon, or those that exploit people for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk.
“Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.
“If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website”.
This latest weapon seizure comes at a time when the Met has had a considerable amount of success with stop and search.
In the last six months alone, the Met’s TSG has seized 361 weapons, 483 knives and 179 firearms off of the streets of the nation’s capital.
Stop and search is both proactive and reactive meaning that stop and search activities will be deployed in areas which are known for high levels of violent crime.
Higher rates of stop and search can also lead to fewer people carrying weapons, such as knives.
In part, this is because you are more likely to be stopped and searched if you are in an area that is known for high levels of knife crime.
Only last month, officers from the Met’s TSG undoubtedly saved a teenagers life after they spotted three teenage males running after another youth.
The males were all armed with so-called ‘zombie knives’.
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