Man jailed over baseball bat after Harlesden police crackdown

Akeme Sims. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Akeme Sims. Picture: Metropolitan Police - Credit: Archant

A police operation to curb violent crime in Harlesden has seen a man jailed for possession of an offensive weapon.

Akeme Simms, 26 of Ellerslie Gardens, NW10, was sentenced to 56 days in jail after pleading guilty to the offence at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Simms had been driving a BMW in Harlesden when police used Section 60 stop and search powers to apprehend him and search the vehicle.

He was found to be carrying a black baseball bat, which he claimed was for his own protection.

Barnet borough commander Det Ch Supt Simon Rose said: “Over the weekend, borough officers supported by the Violent Crime Taskforce undertook a pre-planned operation in Harlesden aimed to disrupt criminality and tackle violent crime.

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“Operations like this are taking place across London every day. The message should be very clear, we are out every day and night using lawful tactics such as stop and search to keep London safe.

“Do not carry a weapon, because we will identify you and bring you to justice.”

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