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Weapons uncovered in police crackdown

PUBLISHED: 10:08 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010

Two people have been arrested for possessing dangerous weapons in their cars after a police crackdown in Barnet. The arrests came during an automated number plate reader (ANPR) in Golders Green, Cricklewood and Hampstead Garden Suburb. Overall, the three-

Two people have been arrested for possessing dangerous weapons in their cars after a police crackdown in Barnet.

The arrests came during an automated number plate reader (ANPR) in Golders Green, Cricklewood and Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Overall, the three-day operation last week netted six arrests for a range of crimes including immigration offences and one for driving without insurance. Eight uninsured vehicles were seized.

The operation coincided with high visibility patrols around Temple Fortune, Golders Green and the Hampstead Garden Suburb area. Eight special constables - unpaid volunteers for the Met - joined police and PCSO colleagues on the patrols aimed at reassuring traders and shoppers during one of the busiest times of the year.

Sgt Damien Southall, of Garden Suburb Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "This operation has sent out a message to criminals that we are watching and will use all means at our disposal to arrest them and bring them to justice.

"We know that criminals will use road networks to escape from the borough and the ANPR machine is a great way of stopping them in their tracks.


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