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Man arrested after Violent Crime Taskforce vehicle stop - cash, drugs & knife seized

News   •   Aug 28, 2019 18:48 BST

Officers have seized a large knife, cash, and 17 bags of suspected Class A drugs following a vehicle stop.

At around 19:40hrs on Tuesday, 27 August, officers from the Violent Crime Taskforce on a routine stop and search patrol stopped a vehicle on Windlass Place in Deptford.

As the officers approached the car, the two male occupants, made to drive away but in doing so, crashed into the officers’ car. The two then got out the car and began to run from the scene. 

The officers pursued the males on foot, and successfully detained one of them.

Following a search of the vehicle, a large kitchen knife hidden in a sock, suspected Class A drugs and a three-figure sum of cash were discovered. The vehicle was also found to be using false number plates.

A man detained by officers, who is in his twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, aggravated taking driving away and possession with intent to supply Class A. 

He was taken to a south London police station where he remains.

Detective Superintendent Sean Yates,  from the Violent Crime Taskforce, said: "This arrest and removal of a dangerous weapon, was the result of a routine stop and search patrol by officers.

“Positive efforts like this by the Taskforce and teams in the Met are helping us make great strides towards tackling violent crime and taking dangerous weapons and drugs off our streets.

“This should be a warning to anyone who is carrying or thinking of carrying a weapon in London – we have teams across the city, both in uniform and plain clothes, who are out 24/7 and committed to stopping this from happening.”

None of the officers who dealt with the incident were injured.

Minor damage was caused to the police car, which is currently being repaired.

Do you have information about drug dealing or knife crime in your area? Know someone you suspect may be carrying a weapon?

Communities have a vital role to play in tackling violence, drug dealing and linked criminality, and community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but prevent crime. Please help us to keep London safe.

If you aren’t comfortable speaking directly to the police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name or trace your call. You can also contact Crimestoppers online

+Images attached are of items seized during the stop.