A man has been arrested and a knife recovered following a pursuit involving officers from the Operation Venice Scorpion Unit.
The officers from the unit were on patrol in Brent to support officers from the Violence Suppression Unit following recent violent incidents in the area.
At around 17:10hrs on Saturday, 15 May the officers on marked police motorcycles indicated for a moped rider to stop in the vicinity of Chapter Road, NW2.
The rider – a 24-year-old man - did not and rode away at speed from the officers. A pursuit was initiated resulting in the rider of the moped carrying out various dangerous manoeuvres including riding at speed; going through red lights and riding on the wrong side of the rode.
As the pursuit continued, the rider threw various items into the road including a large knife and quantities of class A drugs.
The pursuit was brought to a conclusion in Chatsworth Road, NW2 following the use of tactical contact. The man fled on foot but was detained following a foot chase.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon; possession with intent to supply class A drugs and driving offences including dangerous driving. He was taken into custody at a north London police station and has since been charged.
Inspector Tony McGovern from the Violent Crime Taskforce said: “This is an excellent example of the Metropolitan Police combining their resources to enable highly trained and skilled officers to identify and arrest criminals.
“Those who choose to carry weapons on the streets will be targeted and arrested; there is no excuse for such behaviour.
“If you know of someone who carries a weapon, I would urge you to make a call to either police or Crimestoppers – your actions could save the life of someone you know or love.”
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