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Man jailed for possession of offensive weapon

News   •   Oct 25, 2019 10:50 BST

[Image of the recovered weapon]

A man has been jailed after he was seen carrying a sword in a north London street.

Yahya Abdullah, 21 (13.04.98) of Ambler Road, Islington was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 24 October.

He had previously pleaded guilty on Friday, 27 September to possession of an offensive weapon and was subsequently convicted of affray.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Li, from the Central North Gangs Unit, said: “This incident involved a very dangerous weapon which was brandished during the mid-afternoon, and witnessed by a number of people. 

“Luckily, no one was seriously hurt and the weapon was safely retrieved. Weapons like this have no place on our streets.” 

At approximately 15:30hrs on Wednesday, 24 July, two cars were involved in a collision on Copenhagen Street, N1.

Abdullah got out of one of the cars and produced a 17 inch blade which splits into two separate swords. No one was injured in the altercation.

Abdullah fled the scene but was spotted discarding the weapon behind a gate on Twyford Street, N1.

Officers carried out a number of enquiries, including a review of CCTV footage, which led to the identification of Abdullah.

Any young people with information about violence or knife crime, can visit fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive