Police swiftly catch man with knife in east London after 999 call

Police have thanked a member of the public after responding to a 999 call and swiftly locating a man who was walking around a part of east London armed with a knife.

Tower Hamlets Police received reports of a man in the area with a knife and managed to apprehend the suspect within four minutes of arriving on the scene.

The man was taken into custody and the weapon was confiscated.

A tweet from Tower Hamlets Police on Monday morning said: “Thanks to an alert member of the public who called 999 to report seeing a man walking around E1 with a knife, officers from response team D arrived within 4 mins and located the suspect.

“One knife recovered and a cell space booked.”

According to a Government report, in the year ending March 2020, there were around 46,000 (selected) offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales.

London recorded the highest rate of 179 offences involving a knife per 100,000 population in 2019/20, a slight increase on a rate of 169 in 2018/19.

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