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​Man convicted of possessing knives and failing to stop for police

News   •   May 14, 2018 06:00 BST

Harry Schick

A man has been convicted of possessing three knives and failing to stop for police in Islington as Operation Venice officers continue to tackle motorcycle and moped-enabled crime.

Harry Schick, 24, (14.10.93) of Holland Road, W14 appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday, 11 May, where he pleaded guilty to possessing a lock knife and two other knives.

He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance, driving whilst disqualified and failing to stop when directed to do so by a police officer.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing at Blackfriars Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.

On Wednesday 9 May, Schick was observed by officers riding his 125cc Honda motorcycle in Pentonville Road, N1. On seeing police, Schick rode off at speed, passing through several red lights before colliding with a vehicle near the junction with Hermes Street, N1.

He ran off into Cynthia Street where he was detained by police, with the assistance of a member of the public, after a short foot chase.

Schick was found to be in possession of a lock knife and two large knives.

Police Sergeant Tony McGovern from Operation Venice said: "I am proud of the actions of the first responders to this incident and the support shown by the member of the public.

"We will continue to pursue those involved in moped enabled crime, who pose a risk to themselves and our communities.

"London has been subject to an increase in knife and moped enabled crime, but with new tactics and increased police presence on the streets, we will maintain our stance in tackling this issue and those responsible."

Detective Constable Colin Anderson from the Met's Central North Command said: "Schick displayed a sheer lack of consideration for his own safety and that of the public. The end result could have been very different.

"We will continue to tackle this problem and ensure that offenders are brought to justice for their actions."

= Operation Venice is the Met's response to scooter, motorcycle and moped related crime.