Police find arsenal of weapons buried in Harlesden and Wembley

Knives, axe, ammuniation and poles unearthed in sweep across the borough

An arsenal of weapons have been found buried in sites across the borough after police carried out a ‘sweep’ over the weekend.

Preston Safer Neighbourhood Teams unearthed around 35 potentially deadly weapons including knives, poles, an axe, a scythe and a round of ammunition in Hirst Crescent, Wembley.

A knife was also found in Rucklidge Passage, Harlesden, and stolen goods were found buried in a cemetery at the back of St. Mary’s Vicarage in Neasden Lane, just off the Church Road Estate.

Police believe the weapons had been stashed away where they can be dug up and used at a later date.


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Brent Police conducted the operation in response to the wide-spread looting which had taken place across the country which saw a pawnbrokers in Harlesden, two jewellers in Kingsbury, and a phone shop in Kilburn being hit.

Chief Inspector Taff Thomas of Brent Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Brent was not one of the areas most affected by this week’s disorder, but that does not mean we can rest on our laurels.

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“This proactive operation, based on fantastic local intelligence from the community, has taken a significant quantity of potential weapons off our streets and will no doubt come as a blow to whoever was planning to use them.

“We will continue to do our utmost to make Brent as safe as possible for residents and visitors.”

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