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London: 1,000 people arrested in week-long violent crime crackdown

Police say they have prevented further stabbings as a result (Picture: Getty Images/PA)

Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested in a week-long violent crime crackdown in London.

Metropolitan Police officers carried out sweeps and targeted patrols to recover 411 knives, along with 166 other weapons.

The drive, named Operation Sceptre, ran from April 26 to May 2 and saw police make 994 arrests.

Commander Alex Murray, the Met’s violence lead, said lives will be saved by the seizure of the weapons.

‘The results from this operation highlight the Met’s dedication and commitment to tackling violent crime, and I’m convinced that with us seizing so many knives, we have prevented further stabbings,’ he said.

‘As we move forward into the summer months, reducing violence and saving lives will remain our top policing priority.

‘The recent incidents of violence we have seen in London reminds us exactly why operations like this are so important.

‘While this operation may have ended, be assured that our officers will continue to be out on the streets every single day, carrying out these activities and using every tactic available to them to prevent violent crime.’

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of one of their officers looking for weapons during a recent sweep. The Metropolitan Police has seized more than 400 knives and arrested almost 1,000 people in a national operation aimed at reducing violent crime in London. Under the operation, which ran from April 26 to May 2, Met officers used weapons sweeps and targeted patrols to recover 411 knives, along with 166 other weapons. Police also made 994 arrests. Issue date: Tuesday May 11, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Knives. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

An officer carries out a weapons sweep for Operation Sceptre (Picture: Met Police/PA)
A bouquet is left at a mural to highlight knife crime in London on April 30, 2021 (Picture: Tolga Akmen/AFP)
Activists at ‘A March To Stop Knife Crime’ in December 2019 in London. Tashan Daniel was stabbed to death two days after his 20th birthday on his way to Arsenal (Picture: Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

The force worked with the British Transport Police to use drug detection dogs and ‘knife arches’ to deter people from carrying illegal items on the train and Tube networks.

Officers also used automatic number plate recognition technology to target people carrying and supplying drugs on the roads in and out of London.

Tackling knife crime emerged as the number one priority for Londoners in a poll ahead of last week’s Mayor of London election.

Twelve teenagers have lost their lives from stabbings in the capital so far in 2021.

The most recent death was of a 16-year-old near Romford, in east London. Two teenagers, aged 15 and 17, have been arrested.

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