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​Police remove 17 weapons from central London over Bank Holiday weekend

News   •   Sep 01, 2020 12:33 BST

[One of the weapons removed from the streets by officers]

A total of 17 weapons were seized by officers from the Central West BCU during proactive patrols over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Officers from across Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster seized the items during weapon sweeps, vehicle searches and stop and searches.

The weapons included a variety of knives, baseball bats and an iron bar.

Detective Inspector Yasser Awad from the Central West Gangs Unit said: “This result is the combined efforts of many teams including the Violent Crime Taskforce, Safer Neighbourhood Teams, response officers, Gangs Unit and our Violence Suppression Units.

“Tackling violence is our top priority and from proactive policing during a busy weekend for London, our streets are now safer and a significant amount of knives and weapons have been removed, no doubt preventing further acts of violence.”

If you are worried about someone, advice and support is available through organisations including Knife Free: https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/en.

You can also visit our website for further information: www.met.police.uk/stopknifecrime. Or alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."