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Cops swoop on nightclubs in hunt for guns and knives

PUBLISHED: 19:04 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

POLICE have taken guns and knives off the streets of London after swoops on nearly 200 nightclubs over the holiday period, Scotland Yard revealed tonight. At least five guns were seized in Operation Argon, the Met's crackdown on villains carrying weapons in clubs and pubs which kicked off on December 15 and finished on Sunday

POLICE have taken guns and knives off the streets of London after swoops on nearly 200 nightclubs over the holiday period, Scotland Yard revealed tonight.

At least five guns were seized in Operation Argon, the Met’s crackdown on villains carrying weapons in clubs and pubs which finished on Sunday.

Det Chief Supt Helen Ball, heading the police op, said: “This was to make London as hostile as possible for criminals to move around carrying weapons and to keep pubs and clubs safe.

“We want to make sure criminals know we’re determined to catch them and take their weapons off the streets.”

Cops made 50 arrests on charges including attempted murder, threats to kill, possessing offensive weapons and handling stolen goods.

Spot checks took place at 185 venues which caught 13 unregistered bouncers and uncovered many lapses in security.

Firearms officers also stopped 80 cars known to be connected with weapons, cramping the style of gun-totting hoodlums.


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