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​Latest operational results for Phase Eight of Operation Sceptre

News   •   May 08, 2017 16:37 BST

Last week, Phase Eight of Operation Sceptre saw intense proactive operations to tackle knife crime.

During the week of action a total of 393 arrests were made. These arrests include 73 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon/knife and 144 stop and search arrests.

Officers carried out numerous weapon sweeps and intelligence-led policing operations to confiscate knives and tackle those wanted in connection with knife-related offences and violent crime.

A summary of key indicators is show below.

Weapon sweeps - 1080
Knives seized - 300
Offensive weapons seized - 62
Firearms recovered - 15
People stopped and searched - 822
Test purchase ops - 72
(Count at 16:00hrs on Monday, 8 May:)

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continues to receive strong support from communities across London who want to work together to end these crimes.

An Operation Sceptre taskforce has been created by the MPS to tackle the increase in knife crime across London. The group of around 100 officers - a mixture of detectives and uniform police - will be deployed to knife crime hotspots on intelligence-led operations to help protect the public and bring offenders to justice.

The taskforce will seek to replicate the success of the intense activity carried out by local teams during Operation Sceptre. This dedicated group of officers will provide intense support to borough police and create a more coordinated and consistent approach to reducing knife crime.

The taskforce will employ a variety of tactics including weapons sweeps, intelligence-led stop and search, and proactive operations to target habitual knife carriers as well as increasing visibility of police officers to reassure local people and deter further violence.

Over 1,100 activities took place throughout London to highlight the dangers and the potentially devastating consequences of carrying a knife.

In the last 12 months, officers have been delivering educational packages and have so far reached more than 14,000 young people across London. The delivery of these packages aims to make youngsters think about the decisions they make and the possible consequences of their action, as well as diverting them away from joining gangs which could ultimately result in a life of crime.

Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, the Met's 'Silver lead' for knife crime, said:

"This operation carries a positive and powerful message: this is about all of us addressing a problem that often has tragic consequences. This behaviour is damaging our communities; there is no excuse, people are better than this and our communities are better than this.

"I would urge anyone who is concerned for someone involved in knife crime, to visit our website at: http://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime

"Across London there are number of excellent diversionary programmes that are bespoke to the needs of Londoners. This is clearly a safeguarding issue for the people who do, and would, carry knives and victims of knife crime.

"A collaborative approach between statutory agencies, non-governmental organisations and communities is the only solution to achieving a long term reduction in this type of offence, underpinned by a strong, academic evidence base and effective police enforcement."

Knife bins can also be found throughout London as part of the Met's effort to take knives off the streets.

A map showing the location of knife bins across London is available on our website at: http://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime

If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives please contact your local police via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For news updates and Sceptre Eight activities follow Borough police Twitter feeds and @metpoliceuk and #stopknifecrime.

Figures provided are a snapshot of the figures at this time and will be subject to change as more data is received from teams throughout the capital.