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Knives seized by Hackney officers

News   •   Jan 31, 2017 01:45 GMT

[One of the machetes seized]

Officers from Hackney have recovered four weapons following a vehicle stop in Hoxton.

At approximately 23:15hrs on Monday, 30 January officers stopped the vehicle in Hoxton Square after information was received that the people inside were armed.

On searching the vehicle, officers recovered two machetes, a lock knife and a kitchen knife.

Two males - no further details - were arrested at the scene for possession of an offensive weapon and remain in custody at a north London police station.

Inspector James Hawkins from Hackney Police said: "The swift work of Hackney officers have removed four potentially lethal weapons from circulation. Knives have no place on our streets and those who choose to carry them will be arrested."

The seizure of these weapons comes as phase seven of the Met's Operation Sceptre concluded on Sunday, 29 January.

Op Sceptre is the Met's response to habitual knife carriers and associated knife and ran between Monday, 23 January and Sunday, 29 January.

Police activity throughout the week included weapon sweeps, intelligence-led stop and search as well as proactive operations to tackle those wanted in connection with knife-related offences and violent crime.

Latest figures from the week of action show 262 arrests and 111 knives recovered. Further information can be found at http://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime/