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Stop and search powers praised by top cop as stash of ‘zombie’ knives seized

Eleven knives and a "large quantity" of Class B drugs were found in white Audi after car chase through Islington

07 May, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Eleven knives were found by police after stop and search powers used

ISLINGTON’S chief police officer has praised controversial stop and search powers after machetes, “zombie” knives and samurai swords were found in a car.

A section 60 order was put in place last night after two teenagers were found yards apart with stab wounds that were believed to be life-threatening at about 6pm.

Hours later, armed officers tried to pull over a white Audi in Hornsey Road, around the corner from where the boys were found stabbed in Sussex Way and Fairbridge Road, when the car sped off.

A large stash of Class B drugs and 11 knives were found in the car later.

Raj Kohli, the central north basic command unit commander, said: “A Section 60 was in place throughout last night following a violent incident earlier in the day.

“This preventative power enables officers to stop and search pedestrians and vehicles without the usual reasonable grounds. This case showcases the value these searches have in preventing violent crime.”


A stash of Class B drugs was also seized by the police

The white Audi was chased to Shaftesbury Road where the driver fled and was caught in Ashley Road.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and failing to stop for police.

He was also shown as wanted for a robbery in April 2018 on the Police National Computer.

The suspect was then further arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent in connection with an incident in which a firearms officer was driven at and injured in April.

He was taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Superintendent Philip Ryan, from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “There is no doubt these weapons would have been used in violence on the streets of London. Proactive stops like this are vital in preventing serious injury and the loss of life.

“A team of experienced officers will now lead an investigation into the man arrested and the weapons we found in the vehicle. We will continue to arrest those intent on carrying weapons and committing acts of violence.”

The two teens who were stabbed earlier in the evening remain in hospital – but they are no longer considered to be in a critical state the police have said.

Mr Kohli, who took on the role as commander for Islington and Camden at the beginning of the year, added: ” Communities have an absolutely vital role to play in tackling violent crime. We need to hear from anyone who has information that could either detect or prevent crime.”

Anyone with information that may assist police has been asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5043/06may. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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