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Met Police seize 290 knives and arrest 900 in huge crackdown

METROPOLITAN Police has joined with other forces across the country in Operation Sceptre.

Operation Sceptre aimed to increase activity to suppress knife crime and wider violence in England.

More than 290 knives have been taken off the street and 900 people were arrested across the Met Police area.

The movement resulted in:

290 knives recovered

937 arrests

82 warrants executed

186 community meetings and educational events,

264 school presentations and engagements involving 8,063 young people

2,745 weapon sweeps.

Officers also worked with British Transport Police at transport hubs, to prevent people from carrying weapons and drugs on the train and tube network.

Superintendent Jim Corbett, who led Op Sceptre for the Met, said: “Operation Sceptre is an intensification of the work we already do relentlessly every single day, and officers will continue doing everything they can to target those intent on committing violent crime on our streets, to make London safer.

“Suppressing violence needs a holistic approach to deliver long-lasting solutions. I am grateful to all those partners and community members who worked alongside us and joined our efforts. We must all work together – the responsibility lies with us all to create safe communities.”

Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology was also used to target those carrying and supplying drugs on the roads.

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The operation was carried on from November 15 to 21.


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