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Anti-knife crime sweep targets Tube commuters

PUBLISHED: 17:12 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

Crackdown discovers knife

Crackdown discovers knife

POLICE were out in force at Bethnal Green Station as they targeted commuters carrying weapons and drugs. Two search arches were put up inside the underground station and officers had brought in two sniffer dogs from Scotland Yard. Up to 40 officers from

POLICE were out in force at Bethnal Green Station as they targeted commuters carrying weapons and drugs.

Two search arches were put up inside the underground station and officers had brought in two sniffer dogs from Scotland Yard.

Up to 40 officers from the borough's Safer Neighbourhood Teams, British Transport Police and Scotland Yard joined forces during the crackdown last week.

It was part of Operation Blunt, which was launched by the Metropolitan Police in a bid to tackle knife crime.

When the Advertiser caught up with officers at the station they were arresting a 16-year-old for possession of a folding lock knife. He was taken to Bethnal Green Police Station where he bailed to attend Thames Youth Court later this month.

Drug dogs Henry and Muttley were busy sniffing out commuters. Officers said the dogs were doing a "very good job" that day and that all the drugs found had been detected by the dogs. Two arrests were made for possession of class A drugs and seventeen warnings were given for carrying cannabis.

A man was arrested for suspected theft after he was found in procession of ten mobile phones, and a woman was cautioned for possession of a CS gas canister.

Around 130 stop and searches were carried out during the operation.

Sgt Darren Sharp, from Mile End and Globe Town Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This is one of several initiatives we are carrying out to reduce the fear of knife crime and addressing drug offences, reassuring the public and showing that Tower Hamlets is still a safe place."

Similar operations will be carried out at random at stations around the borough every couple of weeks until Christmas.

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