A video has emerged on Twitter of the moment when residents in Clapton, Hackney, berate and condemn a youth who appears to have been detained by the police after being found in possession of a machete.
In the short video, residents can be heard shouting at the youth who seems unmoved by their passionate words.
One resident can be heard to refer to the fact that he has children who live in the area and that the suspect should be going to college.
It is not clear exactly what had happened leading up to the moment when the police detain the male.
An unmarked police BMW X5 also rushes to the scene before speeding off having been given additional information by one of the officers relating to an outstanding suspect.
Approximately eight adults males surrounded the youth as one of the officers calls for a police van to make its way to the scene ASAP.
The incident comes at a time when knife crime in the capital has taken dozens of young lives.
To combat the problem, the Metropolitan Police has put a vast amount of resources into specialist units which are specifically tasked with targeting individuals who are suspected of carrying knives and other weapons.
Only three days ago, on 8th September, Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers who were on patrol in the same borough almost certainly saved a young males life after they chased and detained three males who were running after him whilst armed with a machete and a so-called ‘Zombie knife’.
On 7th September, police found three of the deadly ‘zombie knives‘ which had been hidden in an estate in north London (N19). Due to the increase in stop and search, youths are hiding their weapons rather than risk being caught whilst in possession of one.
A family of one young male who died after he was stabbed in the heart by a male who had been released from prison early after stabbing another male, have called for the police to increase their use of stop and search.
The horrific incident happened on 24th September 2018 as Tashan made his way to watch a football match with his friend.
Speaking after Lanning was found guilty of causing his son’s death, Chandima, Tashan’s father, told the Standard:
“The habitual carrying of knives by some young people didn’t really hit home until Tashan’s killing. The scary part is how readily they are to use them.
“If Lanning had been stopped and search on his way to the station, then we wouldn’t be having the conversation. It would be totally justified why a man like that would be stopped.
“I understand both sides of the debate, but until you’ve walked in our shoes, you don’t understand the importance of stop and search.