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Knife crime crackdown: Three people arrested after stop and searches at Ilford and Stratford stations

PUBLISHED: 17:24 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 03 December 2018

More than 80 people were stopped over the weekend. Picture: BTP

More than 80 people were stopped over the weekend. Picture: BTP

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Three people were arrested and 85 people were searched this weekend as part of a dedicated crackdown on knife crime at stations.

Weapons seized in crackdown on knife crime in the capital. Picture: BTPWeapons seized in crackdown on knife crime in the capital. Picture: BTP

In response to a number of incidents, British Transport Police (BTP) authorised the use of Section 60 stop and search powers between 4pm and 7pm on November 29 and 30 at Ilford, Stratford and Lewisham stations.

During the operation, three people were arrested for offences including possession of knives and possession of Class A drugs.

Speaking about the operation assistant Chf Con, Robin Smith, said: “The BTP is committed to keeping those who travel and work on the rail network safe.

“Operations like this will continue to target key locations and individuals using all the powers, resources and technology available to us.”

As part of this authorisation, the force has consulted with members of the Stop and Search Community Consultation Group.

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