Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Met Find Horrifying Haul in Knife Crime Blitz

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Met Find Horrifying Haul in Knife Crime Blitz

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

A TERRIFYING array of weapons has been seized by police after just two days of a purge on knife crime in London.

More than 200 searches uncovered 49 blades along with six guns, 23 other offensive weapons and 129 rounds of ammunition in the seventh phase of Operation Sceptre.

Among them were a "zombie knife" in Newham, a machete in Newham part of a haul found in a park and ordinary kitchen blades.

Commander Jim Stokley, head of the Met's Gangs and Organised Crime Command, said the weapons were hidden on estates by gangs so they could be picked up and used in attacks or in clashes with rivals.

The seizures came as figures obtained by the Standard in a Freedom of Information request showed that stabbings in London killed 63 people and injured 4,151 in the 12 months to October.

The latest police statistics show that knife crime is up 14 per cent annually.

Mr Stokely, whose section includes the Trident anti-gang unit, said: "Due to Trident's strong tactics we've seen a fall in gang-related knife crime over 18 months. …

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