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More than 800 arrests during Met's Operation Sceptre week

News   •   Mar 31, 2020 19:14 BST

Met officers carried out 2,677 weapon sweeps during the latest Operation Sceptre

More than 800 arrests and 240 weapons have been taken off London’s streets during the Met's latest phase of Operation Sceptre.

During the national week of action, which focussed on tackling knife crime and wider violence, officers from all across the Met deployed a range of enforcement and preventative tactics, and between 23 March and 29 March, achieved the following results:

- 803 arrests
- 2,677 weapon sweeps
- 121 knives recovered
- 93 other offensive weapons recovered
- 480 other seizures, including Class A and B drugs and stolen property.

More than 400 Met Special Constables were also out on Saturday, 28 March, contributing to the fight against knife crime.

Commander Jane Connors said: “Despite the current public health crisis, policing must continue. Our officers have and will continue to be out on the capital’s streets supporting our communities. They are dedicated to our primary function of protecting lives and preventing crimes, despite this difficult period of uncertainty and fear.

“The huge successes we have seen following Operation Sceptre clearly demonstrate that we are absolutely committed to bearing down on violence in all its forms.

“Some of London’s most prolific, high-harm offenders have been apprehended, and 242 dangerous weapons which could have potentially ended up in the wrong hands have been removed from our streets.

“Officers will continue to use all of the tactics available to them, day and night, to suppress violence in London and I would like to thank all those involved for their unwavering commitment to making our resilient city, safer.”

We need to hear from anyone who has information about crime, those who carry a weapon, or those who exploit others for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.

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/.

If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/en.

Full breakdown of statistics from latest Operation Sceptre:
- 69 premises searched under warrant
- 111 Section 18 searches of premises
- 4,393 Stop and searches
- 321 Vehicle searches.