Two, non-fatal assaults involving knives have taken place over the past three days (21-23 July) in the Shadwell area.
On Saturday, the victims of a knife point robbery traced and confronted the suspected perpetrators and were then assaulted.
This incident escalated, police responded and seven males were arrested with weapons recovered.
Four of the males arrested have been bailed, three remain in custody.
The police seized a vehicle used by the suspects. Assorted weapons were seized.
In the early hours of this morning (23 July), a male was assaulted with a knife by suspects in a silver vehicle. A suspect has been arrested, the car has been recovered, containing knives.
As a result, additional policing resources have been made available to provide reassurance on the streets. They will focus on the south west of the borough – including Shadwell, Limehouse, Whitechapel and Mile End.
A Section 60 authorisation has also been introduced. This means the police have powers to stop and search anyone to prevent violence.
The measure will be reviewed at 7am tomorrow (24 July), to see if it needs extending. It currently covers this area.
The council will be providing outreach to young people over the coming days and will be working with youth service providers to support young people.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
“We are working closely with the police and our partners to maximise our resources in tackling violence in the borough.
“There is no place for knife crime in Tower Hamlets. We will continue to do everything we can to protect our communities.”
Councillor Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety added:
“Many of our residents have told me they welcome the additional police resources and we are working with police to reassure our residents’’
DCI Mike Hamer said:
“We are aware of community concern regarding the two incidents in Shadwell over the weekend.
“We have made a number of arrests in connection with these already and will be providing a high visibility presence in the area this evening and in the coming days. This is to carry out stop and search activity and to provide reassurance to the community”
Posted on Monday 23rd July 2018