Footage exclusive to Scarcity shows the moment police arrest a man who witnesses say was also tasered moments before.
During the search a officer finds a sword inside the suspects trouser leg.
One male is heard arguing with police who tell him to “get back.”
Other locals are filming the incident unfold.
This took place on a busy high street in a part of the city full of bars.
Plain clothed officer sand uniform surround the suspect who is handcuffed on the ground.
This is believed to have happened this afternoon, Friday 15th October.
There is yet to be a police statement or mainstream media coverage.
Updates will follow in the morning.
Weapons on the streets
With the murder of a MP David Amess yesterday in Essex, questions have been raised on access to weapons in the UK and also what the police are doing to prevent knife crime happening.
Recent finds have shocked suscribers to my socials as proof of the firepower available on the streets of the Capital.
Officers found a loaded sub-machine gun and a revolver after searching an abandoned car in Lambeth.
An Operation Viper team, along with a Neighbourhood Tasking Team, attended Sackville Estate in Lambeth yesterday, Thursday, 7 October to conduct searches and patrols in the areal, where a number of vehicles were identified as having been abandoned.
They forced entry into one vehicle where they recovered a loaded Skorpion sub-machine gun containing half a magazine of live ammunition, which was concealed beneath the rear passenger seat of the vehicle.
Officers also recovered a pistol-style revolver found to contain three rounds of ammunition, along with a single live round jammed inside the chamber, which was concealed within the rear pocket of the driver’s seat.
Both weapons were taken to the lab after initial examination suggested both were viable firearms.
During the search of another vehicle, officers recovered a quantity of live shotgun cartridges found hidden in a sock inside in the vehicle.
Detective Inspector Richard Mullan from the Viper team, said “ The Viper teams works alongside the BCU and Specialist Crime teams to make it harder for criminals to engage in gun crime. This seizure is another great example of our dedication to remove guns from the streets and reduce violence.”
Over 6,000 people have been arrested by “violence suppression units” (VSUs) in areas where knife and gun crime is most prevalent, the Met Police says.
The VSUs have seized 1,142 weapons and £1.5m in “criminal cash” since their creation, the force says.
Violent crime in London has fallen in the past year, but it is thought this could be due to the pandemic.
VSU police officers are dedicated to specific areas, giving them a greater knowledge of the places and people.
They work in plain-clothes and include officers more experienced in dealing with street crime. They attempt to spot offenders based on their body language and how they react to being the subject of attention.
The Met said in their first year, VSUs had resulted in the seizure of a kilo of heroin, the discovery of a loaded gun, and the arrest of suspects in a stabbing in the London borough of Haringey.
Other results included:
- 6,031 arrests made for violent offences including robbery, GBH and murder
- 1,142 knives and weapons seized
- 81 firearms recovered
- 1,256 warrants carried out
- £1.5m in cash from criminality confiscated
- 3,000 weapon sweeps carried out
Much of their work on the streets is aimed at establishing whether to stop and search suspects.
With Black Lives Matter and heightened awareness of the sensitivities of stop and search, the VSU approach has added to concerns among critics of the tactic. Some say that it is racist and doesn’t work.
Last year the mayor of London published early figures suggesting seven to eight per cent of stop and search incidents were due to the new VSUs.
Stop and search often results in more black and ethnic minority suspects being apprehended than would be proportionate for the population.
But Sgt Griggs said it was a vital tool as long as police adopted a friendly and casual manner towards suspects.
“It’s easier for them and they’re more forthcoming with information,” he said.
Sgt Griggs and his colleague PC Al Place searched three young black men on the basis that they were suspiciously parked in a back street with no obvious reason for being there.
The officers felt justified in moving in when one of the men threw litter from a window.
Nothing was found during the search but Sgt Greggs said he recognised one of the three as a member of a gang.
“They’re well known to us: robberies, drugs. I think the last time they were arrested was [for] possession of a sword,” he said.