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Operation to tackle knife crime in Stratford - London

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A total of 237 people have been stopped-and-searched this year, as part of a crackdown on knife crime in and around Stratford.

Operation Engulf has been running since January and will continue to run over the coming months.

In the most recent period of activity – four separate weeks since late January - people aged between 15 and 45 were arrested for offences including possession of knives, knuckle dusters and other weapons.

A total of 16 are currently going through, or have been through, the criminal justice system.

Those that have already faced court include a 19-year-old man who was jailed for 10 months for possession of a bladed article and a 20-year-old man given four months’ detention for resisting a constable and possession of a knife. 

A 15-year-old boy was handed a caution for possession of a kitchen knife.

Activity includes both high visibility and plain clothes officers and runs alongside Operation Sceptre, the countrywide effort to stop knife crime.

Ch Inspector John Loveless said: “Once again, a number of dangerous and potentially lethal weapons have been taken off our streets and those offenders dealt with.

“We know Stratford is more than just a transport link – it’s a station that allows people access to London and the rest of the region, so it’s important we ensure it’s as safe as it can be.

“Our work is by no means done and over the coming months, we will continue to work alongside the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and other agencies to ensure the transport network is a safe and secure environment for everyone using it.

“Our officers are out on patrol around the clock to assist and protect the travelling public and staff and so if anyone has any concerns, please do come and speak to one of us.”

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