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Police seize deadly knives following Boxing Day ‘riot’ at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 07:26 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 07:40 27 December 2017

These knives were seized by police officers. Picture credit: Twitter@MetTaskforce.

These knives were seized by police officers. Picture credit: Twitter@MetTaskforce.

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These deadly knives were seized by officers after stop and search powers were tightened up in and around Westfield following a Boxing Day ‘riot’.

Officers from the Met’s Task Force tweeted images of the weapons which were confiscated after a ‘Section 60 order’ was rolled out in the shopping centre, Stratford Centre and a 500-metre radius yesterday.

A total of eight people have been arrested.

The tweet also said: “Officers from NE TSG were called to Westfield Stratford to assist @roysmithpolice @MPSNewham. 8 arrests in total for offences including violent disorder, assault & Off. Weapons.”

The Section 60 order, which allowed police to stop and search anyone without needing a reason, stayed in place until 10.30 pm – 30 minutes after Westfield closed.

The action was taken after officers were called to the shopping centre following reports of a ‘riot’ involving fighting gangs at around 2.30pm.

Several shops were closed as bargain hunters were led away from the scene by police and security guards.

Scores of shoppers took to Twitter with one woman tweeting: “if your not desperate for a bargain, avoid it... lots of gangs and fights!!!”

Another shopper said: “Please avoid Westfield Stratford shopping centre big chaos going on because of gang fight”.

Shoppers were caught up in the incident at Westfield in Stratford today. Picture credit: Twitter@nita035 Shoppers were caught up in the incident at Westfield in Stratford today. Picture credit: Twitter@nita035

A third tweet said: “westfield stratford was a madness today was convinced i was gonna die”.

Mobile phone footage captured by another shopper showed police and security guards guiding people out of the centre.

A spokeswoman for Westfield told the Recorder: “There was a minor disturbance early which has now been resolved.

“The centre was not evacuated.”

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2 comments

  • Well with police on the beat a thing of the past for Newham what do they expect? I don't feel safe in Westfield, I feel even less safe so at Stratford mall. Stratford has the lovely new look however muggings and robberies are an everyday occurrence in the area. Mob rule and anti social behaviour is ok when its out of site of the "shoppers" however us locals are living this day in day out. Budget cuts to key services , the cracks are starting to show.

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    michelle

    Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • I live not very far from here and have only been a couple of times since it opened . On these occasions there were gang's of young men going around in large groups so not a place I will be going. My friends son bought an expensive tracksuit from a shop there and was mugged for it soon after leaving the shop. Think if you are going to go best time is early in the morning as the trouble makers are not out of bed then

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    Jaskare

    Friday, December 29, 2017

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