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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@nita035Shoppers 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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