Officers have seized a Rambo knife after a teenage boy was caught with it while sat in a taxi in Southwark.
At 12.40am on Thursday, 1 October officers stopped a stationary taxi on Lordship Lane after the occupants, four teenage males, were seen behaving suspiciously inside the vehicle.
One of them, a 15-year-old boy, was seen to fidget with his waistband so officers carried out a stop and search – and inside his pocket they found the Rambo knife.
He was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon.
During a more detailed search in custody, a small bag of class B drugs was found on him, and he was further arrested for possession of class B drugs.
He was taken to custody where he had an appropriate adult with him. He was later released under investigation.
The three other boys were not arrested. The investigation continues.
Superintendent Kris Wright of Central South Command Unit said: “The knife seized in the early hours of this morning by Emergency Response Patrol Officers is potentially another violent incident prevented and this shows the value of stop and search.
“Tackling violence is the Met’s top priority and we will continue to take knives and drugs off of our streets.
“We are working in partnership with the Youth Offending Service to ensure that the right support and intervention is in place to reduce offending.”