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Police arrest four in operation targeting vehicles involved in violent crime

On Friday 21 September 2018, officers from the City of London Police carried out an operation targeting vehicles suspected of belonging to those involved in violent crime that were travelling through the Square Mile.

Vehicle checkpoints were set up across the City where officers were able to pull over suspicious looking vehicles and vehicles which triggered automatic number-plate recognition cameras to perform searches where they would look at whether the vehicle was insured, whether the occupants were carrying weapons or drugs, or whether the driver was driving under the influence.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police also joined in the operation which was in support of a national week of action tackling violent crime, and in particular, knife crime.

Operation Sceptre

Operation Sceptre, which ran between Tuesday 18 September and Monday 24 September, involved forces up and down the country highlighting the risks that carrying a bladed weapon can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives in their local areas. While knife crime remains low in the City, it has been on the increase across London this year and the City of London Police endeavour to support both the Metropolitan and the British Transport Police’s efforts to tackle knife crime, gang violence and drug issues.

Arrests made for drug-driving, dangerous driving and fraud

In total 20 stop and searches were carried out by officers and police dogs. Five vehicles were seized and four arrests were made. Two of these arrests were for drug-driving, one was for dangerous driving after a vehicle failed to stop at a checkpoint, and one arrest was of a man wanted for a £130,000 fraud offence. 

Superintendent Bill Duffy from the City of London Police said:

“The City of London Police is innovative in our approach to tackling crime, targeting hotspots and known offenders. We often work in partnership with other organisations to maintain the City of London as a low crime, safe area and we were pleased to be able to have officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Violent Crime Taskforce join us in support of Operation Sceptre.

“Friday’s activity shows what a hostile place the Square Mile is for criminals looking to commit crime, or travel across London to carry out offences elsewhere. It is important we continue to show these individuals that London police forces operate with no borders and work together as one to tackle crime.”

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