Cops seize 40cm-long machete after moped rider fled on seeing them

Cops seized a 40cm machete in Rotherhithe yesterday after a moped rider saw them and sped off.

Officers in the Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) were on patrol in Silwood Street at around 5.20pm when two people on a moped noticed them and sped off.

The masked pillion passenger jumped off the moped and ran off. Cops chased the 16-year-old. – and say they him throw a large knife away.

They arrested him and found the 40cm machete nearby. The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of a pointed and bladed article and remains in police custody.

Police are now hunting the moped driver.

Inspector Paul Howlett said: “The fast-time reactions of the officers from the VCTF were instrumental in recovering this dangerous weapon and preventing it from causing destruction in our communities.

“We will ensure we provide the teenager with specialist support and diversion opportunities to prevent him from carrying a knife in the future.”

Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.

No detail you might have is too small – every bit of information helps towards the fight against knife crime in London.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use.

Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/en


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