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​UPDATE: Man charged with possessing 20 knives appears in court

News   •   Mar 14, 2020 18:41 GMT

A man charged with possessing 20 knives, after the car he was travelling in was stopped by officers in Southwark, has appeared in court.

On Thursday, 12 March, officers conducting proactive patrols in Coldharbour Lane stopped a car containing three males. All three made off on foot, but were arrested nearby.

A discarded bag was found, within which were 20 knives, including several zombie knives.

Two of the males were later released without further action.

Denique Iswom Newell, 18 (24/05/2001) of Mercator Road, Lewisham was charged on Friday, 13 March, with 20 counts of possession of a knife.

He appeared in custody at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Saturday, 14 March. He was remanded to appear at Inner London Crown Court on Wednesday, 8 April.

Reducing violent crime on the streets of London continues to be the Met’s top priority. We are working tirelessly - day and night – to take weapons off the street, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe.

The public also play a huge role. We need to hear from anyone who has information about a crime, or about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

Advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free: https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and www.met.police.uk/stopknifecrime