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Police find knives in Wanstead drug raid

PUBLISHED: 16:15 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 10 November 2017

Police raid. Picture: Ken Mears

Police raid. Picture: Ken Mears

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Police found two knives and a “punch knife” during an early morning drugs raid in Wanstead.

On Wednesday (November 8) officers armed with warrants searched a number of properties on the Hermitage Estate, Snaresbrook Road.

The raids were part of a proactive police operation after a rise in drug and violent crime over the past 12 months.

Officers also conducted a weapons sweeps of the grounds behind Rivenhall Gardens and Bradwell Close.

Two knives and a ‘punch knife’ were found concealed at these locations and seized by police.

Evidence of other offences were discovered and are being further investigated by police.

Four people were charged and a fifth was released under investigation.

Three appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court where they were remanded in custody to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on a future date and the fourth was bailed to appear at Barkingside at a later date.

A police spokesman said: “Police have listened to concerns raised about this behaviour, gathered intelligence and have now taken positive action to deal with the individuals who bring violence, drugs and anti-social behaviour to the estate.

“The operation specifically targeted premises of persons suspected of involvement in these types of crimes, and in particularly drugs which fuels violence. “

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