Man Jailed For Possession Of  Baseball Bat

Man Jailed for Possession of baseball bat

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A man arrested after being found in possession of a baseball bat on the weekend has been jailed.
Akeme Simms, 26 of Ellerslie Gardens, NW10 was arrested and charged with possession of an offensive weapon on Saturday, 18 August.
He appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 20 August where he pleaded guilty to the offence. He was sentenced to 56 days’ imprisonment.
On Saturday, 18 August officers travelling in Craven Park Road, NW10 stopped a blue BMW under the authorisation of the Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which had been put in place for Harlesden and Kensal Green wards.
Officers discovered a black baseball bat in the rear footwell of the car behind the driver’s seat.
Simms told officers he was in possession of the bat for his own protection.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose, Borough commander for Barnet, said: “Over the weekend, borough officers supported by the Violent Crime Taskforce undertook a pre-planned operation in Harlesden aimed to disrupt criminality and tackle violent crime. Part of this operation involved the use of stop and search powers, which in this instance resulted in the seizure of an offensive weapon and the apprehension of the individual intent on carrying it.
“Operations like this are taking place across London every day. The message should be very clear, we are out every day and night using lawful tactics such as stop and search to keep London safe. Do not carry a weapon, because we will identify you and bring you to justice.”

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