Terrifying twin-bladed weapon seized in Met's gangs crackdown

This is one of the deadly weapons seized from gangs in London in a new crackdown on violence.

The haul included this a terrifying twin bladed weapon found after a  24-year-old man was arrested after being stopped in Waltham Forest on Monday.

The weapons – including a pistol – were recovered in patrols by the Met’s new Violent Crime Taskforce set up to combat the surge in murders and stabbings in London.

At the weekend seven people were arrested as the taskforce carried out more than 40 stop-and-searches and raided eight properties.

A handgun, an axe and nine knives were found.

Police also seized two sub-machine guns in raids on gangs last week.

The taskforce patrols have been targeting London’s two most violent areas in recent weeks in an effort to subdue the violence.   

Inspector Peter Moxham, from the Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “Quite often, we are patrolling in undercover vehicles and dressed in plain clothes – just because you cannot see us, does not mean we are not around.” 

The patrols are targeting known offenders and using Al-Capone tactics to arrest violent individuals.

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