Met Police arrest 504 people in two weeks for violence-related crime

Met Police arrest 504 people in two weeks for violence-related crime

Knives seized by the police.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Metropolitan Police have arrested 504 people and seized over 100 weapons in two weeks.

Offers are set to receive an ‘emergency package’ of £10m funding to tackle knife crime after a crisis meeting with the Home Secretary.

It comes after 26-year-old David Martinez died in a stabbing in east London; the 21st person killed in the capital this year.

Police do not believe Mr Martinez's death is gang-related but they do believe he knew his killer. 

 

 

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has proposed making it easier for police to stop and search suspects without specific grounds in hotspots where knife crime has surged.

The number of children in England aged 16 that have been stabbed rose by 93 percent between 2016 and 2018, figures show.

 

'Bearing down on violent crime' 

Weapons seized by the Metropolitan Police, including a stanley knife and a hammer. 

Between February 11-24, the Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) in London recovered 107 weapons – including 16 firearms – and made 293 drug seizures.

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, who heads up the VCTF, said police officers were working tirelessly to reduce the levels of violent crime.

“Bearing down on violent crime continues to be the top priority for the Met," she said.

“In this two-week period alone, officers across the city have made significant arrests, taken further weapons off the streets and, I am in no doubt, prevented crimes from occurring. I hope this snapshot of just some of the work the Met has been doing provides reassurance to our communities.

 

 

“We know there is still a significant amount of work still to do in order to rid the capital of violence and we cannot solve this problem alone.

“Communities have an absolutely vital role to play in tackling violent crime. We want to hear from anyone who may have information about people who may carry knives, or who are involved in organised drug crime and maybe exploiting young people, putting them into dangerous and vulnerable situations.”

Since its creation in April 2018, the force has seized 245 firearms, 650 knives and arrested 3,401 people for weapons, violence and drug-related offences.

Out of 44 police forces, 42 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011.

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