Back Our Bobbies:East Area Police make 25 arrests, seize knives and recover stolen vehicles in a week.

Well done to officers at East Area Command who last week undertook in a week of activity under Operation Sceptre resulting in the arrest of 25 people, the seizure of knives and the recovery of stolen vehicles across the area.

As part of the Met’s commitment to challenge knife crime in London, officers from East Area Command have conducted a variety of activities across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

Their efforts during the past week (Sunday to Sunday) have resulted in 25 arrests, three knives seized, nine stolen vehicles recovered; 16 incidents of drugs being seized, 126 stop and searches and 19 weapon sweeps conducted.

Arrests were made for offences including fraud, possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs, being wanted on warrant for outstanding offences, failing to stop for police, assault of a police officer and dangerous driving. 

Detective Inspector Dean Grafton of East Area Command CID said: “Operation Sceptre activities unearth all manner of wanted persons, not just those suspected of carrying knives, and they range from dangerous to petty criminals.

“This form of police activity also has the additional benefits of disrupting criminal activity and preventing crime. For those reasons Operation Sceptre will continue throughout the winter months on all of our three boroughs.”

Detective Superintendent Paul Trevers said “The activity under Op Sceptre is another significant effort by many teams across East Area Command Unit to reduce violence, take weapons off those unlawfully possessing them, and to target all offenders linked to all forms of violence. 

“I am committed to reducing violence across all three boroughs as are my teams and so whilst this was a specific operation, officers will continue to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week targeting all forms of violence.

“If you have any information about violence, those carrying knives or any other crime, please contact us. We can use information supplied by people who live locally to great effect and though it may seem like a hard call, your information could save a young life or prevent a violent crime.”

Anyone with information should call 101, Tweet @MetCC or speak with your Local Policing Team officers.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website

If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free and Fearless:

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