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Cops launch festive crackdown on weapons at clubs and pubs

PUBLISHED: 11:28 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010

COPS have been cracking down on anyone carrying guns and knives in pubs, bars and clubs over the festive season. Undercover officers have been swooping on venues across London, gathering information and checking on door staff

By Victoria Huntley

COPS have been cracking down on anyone carrying guns and knives in pubs, bars and clubs over the festive season.

Undercover officers have been swooping on venues in London’s East End and elsewhere in the capital, gathering information and checking on door staff.

Operation Argon, running until January 3, has also been carrying out spot checks including setting up metal-detecting arches’ at some venues to screen queues of clubbers waiting to go in.

Firearms officers, meanwhile, have been stopping cars that police suspect are linked to weapons, to make it as hard possible for criminals to move guns and knives around.

“We’re aiming to make London as hostile as possible for carrying weapons,” said Det Chief Supt Helen Ball, in charge of Operation Argon.

“The licensing industry knows only too well the devastating impacts a shooting or stabbing can have.

“The consequences of someone taking weapons into a club or pub can be fatal.”

Her crack mobile team has so far turned up at 150 venues in areas including Tower Hamlets and neighbouring Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest, as well as Greenwich, Southwark, Lambeth, Westminster, Camden and Haringey, with tactics to keep one step ahead of the gangs bent on making trouble.

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