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Public urged to join weapons sweeps in Barking and Dagenham Heathway

PUBLISHED: 13:06 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 11 December 2018

Members of the public have been invited to join in weapons sweeps in Barking and Dagenham Heathway on December 13. Picture: Katie Collins/PA Archive/PA Images

Members of the public have been invited to join in weapons sweeps in Barking and Dagenham Heathway on December 13. Picture: Katie Collins/PA Archive/PA Images

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Neighbours have been urged to help in a weapons sweep as part of a crackdown on crime.

Councillor Margaret Mullane is the cabinet member for enforcement and community safety. Pic: Andreas GriegerCouncillor Margaret Mullane is the cabinet member for enforcement and community safety. Pic: Andreas Grieger

Barking and Dagenham Council and the Met have called for volunteers to help them clamp down on weapons being used on the streets with searches planned in Barking town centre and Dagenham Heathway on December 13.

Cllr Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “While there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to tackle the issue, the only way we will ever solve this problem for good is by working together as one community.

“Everyone is invited, so if you have some spare time, whether it is two minutes or two hours, come and help us take these deadly devices off our streets.”

The sweeps will happen between 10am and midday in Barking and from 1pm to 2pm in Dagenham.

Meet at Barking station or Dagenham Heathway station at the allotted times.

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