Deadly weapons seized in East End in police drugs swoop near Victoria Park

Weapons haul uncovered in the drugs swoop

Weapons haul uncovered in the drugs swoop - Credit: MPS

A haul of lethal weapons has been uncovered in London’s East End during a drugs sweep in a secluded cul-de-sac near Victoria Park, it has emerged.

Officers carried out a drugs and weapons sweep around Hawthorne Avenue in Old Ford on Monday, including a children’s playground.

They found three large knives, a broken baseball bat, bike parts adapted as weapons and a heavy padlock on a chain, all hidden away for criminal use later.

“Some criminals don’t want to be caught in possession of weapons—so they hide them in a public place until they’re needed,” Pc Lee Stevens said.

“But this creates an obvious risk to the public, especially children in playgrounds who may come across them by mistake.”

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The weapons are now being forensically tested to help identify offenders.

The operation by the Met’s Bow West neighbourhood team followed a tip-off from families worried about street gang crime and anti-social activity in the area.

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