A total of 85 people have been stopped-and-searched this weekend, as part of a dedicated crackdown on knife crime in London by British Transport Police (BTP).

In response to a number of incidents, senior officers at BTP authorised the use of Section 60 stop and search powers under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act at key locations across London.

Section 60 searches were in place at train stations at Stratford, Lewisham and Ilford between 4.00pm and 7.00am on 29 and 30 November.

During the operation, three people were arrested for offences including possession of knives and possession of Class A drugs.

Speaking about the operation Assistant Chief Constable from BTP, Robin Smith, said: “BTP is committed to keeping those who travel and work on the rail network safe. Operations like this will continue to target key locations and individuals using all the powers, resources and technology available to us.”

As part of this authorisation, the Force has consulted with members of the Stop and Search Community Consultation Group.

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