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Knife crime crackdown is a success

Officers ramped up patrols and weapons sweeps, and carried out morning raids

20 November, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

A LEADING detective has vowed to keep up the fight as a week-long crackdown on knife-crime comes to an end.

Detective Inspector Eliot Porritt, head of the local Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) , said the operation had been such a success he planned to “continue similar activities over the coming months”.

Officers from across the Met Police were last week roped in to ramp up patrols, weapons sweeps, stop and searches and in some cases early morning raids.

Other tactics included placing knife arches and drug detection dogs outside tube stations.

DI Porritt said: “Weeks of action like Operation Sceptre help us raise awareness in the public, and in Islington it’s so important that’s why I plan to keep the same intensity seen last week for longer.”

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