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Police scour streets for weapons

PUBLISHED: 18:09 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:04 11 August 2010

YOUTHS are stashing weapons away in secret hiding places around the borough s streets, according to police intelligence. Mayesbrook Safer Neighbourhood Team heard about the practice, and set off to scour the streets looking for hidden knives. They were

YOUTHS are stashing weapons away in secret hiding places around the borough's streets, according to police intelligence.

Mayesbrook Safer Neighbourhood Team heard about the practice, and set off to scour the streets looking for hidden knives.

They were joined by council street wardens for the operation in the area around Martin's Corner, Dagenham, last week.

No knives were recovered, but several dangerous objects which could be used as weapons, like pieces of wood studded with nails and discarded glass bottles, were picked up and disposed of.

Sgt Claire McCarthy said: "It was a crime prevention operation to try and make sure there were no weapons about that could be used by youths in the area.

"We had intelligence that youths were hiding weapons and that was what we were after.

"But as well as manufactured weapons like knives other things like glass bottles can also be used as weapons so we removed them from the streets.


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