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Man pleads guilty after being found with knife

News   •   Apr 14, 2018 08:00 BST

[Convicted: Daren Weekes]

A man has pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and cannabis following a proactive operation in east London.

Daren Weekes, 33 (30.08.84) of Upper Clapton Road, E5, pleaded guilty on Friday, 13 April at Thames Magistrates' Court.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Wood Green Crown Court to be sentenced on Friday, 11 May.

On Wednesday, 11 April, four officers in plain clothes were completing patrols in unmarked vehicles.

At 21:40hrs, the officers noticed a dark coloured Audi driving carelessly on the junction of the A10 with Clapton Common. Police followed the vehicle which proceeded onto Geldeston Road and came to a halt.

The officers spoke with Weekes who was driving the vehicle; he admitted that he had cannabis. A search was conducted under the Misuse of Drugs Act and he then admitted to being in possession of a knife.

During the search, the cannabis and lock knife were recovered from his trouser pocket. Weekes also had a 'man bag' containing further cannabis.

When questioned about the weapon, Weekes claimed that it was a fishing knife. He was challenged about the whereabouts of his fishing equipment, he claimed he didn't have it with him. He was arrested and taken to an east London police station.

He was charged on Thursday, 12 April.

The court heard that the defendant had a previous conviction for possession of an offensive weapon. On 24 July 2016, he was found in possession of a machete. He was sentenced to six months at Wood Green Crown Court on 10 October 2016.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, the borough knife crime lead from Hackney CID, said: "This case clearly demonstrates the importance of using a range of tactics to tackle knife crime. The covert officers decisively acted when they observed the vehicle which has led to another knife being taken off the streets.

"The excuse Weekes used for being in possession of the weapon was pure fiction. The magistrate has clearly recognised the seriousness of this offence and immediately directed the case to be heard at the Crown Court, refusing bail.

"Hackney officers and the Metropolitan as a whole will continue using these positive tactics whilst people believe they can blatantly carry knives without consequences. We have recently sadly witnessed the horrific effects of these weapons.

"If you are aware of any knife carriers then report to police or anonymously via Crimestoppers - you will almost certainly save a life."

To give information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org