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Officers from the Violence Suppression Unit were patrolling in Southwark when they stop and searched the teenager and found a knife concealed in his footwear

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A 17-year-old male pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article on Friday, 9 October at Bexley Magistrates’ Court, where he was referred to a Youth Offender Panel for six months. 

He was also ordered to pay a £22 victim surcharge. 

On Thursday, 8 October, officers from the Central South (Lambeth and Southwark) Violence Suppression Unit were patrolling in Southwark when they stop and searched the teenager and found a knife concealed in his footwear. 

He was arrested at the scene, and charged the same day.

Inspector Paul Howlett, from the Met’s Central South Violence Suppression Unit, said: “Our officers are out every day conducting patrols and other proactive activity to target our top priority – violent crime.

“This incident shows how valuable stop and search is as a tactic for removing weapons off the streets – this knife could have been used to cause harm to someone had we not seized it.

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