Stop and search seizures

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

How many knives were seized/recovered from: a) stop and searches, b) searches requiring a warrant, c) imports from customs, d) amnesties, and e) weapon sweeps during the 12-months to 31 July 2021?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Metropolitan Police Service have been able to provide the following information in relation to weapon seizures following stop and search for the calendar year 2021.

There were 4,816 weapon seizures in 2021, following stop and search including:

1,001 Kitchen and other knives, 287 ‘Rambo’ knives, 182 Hunting knives, 295 Stanley knives, 860 Lock knives, 233 Machetes, 70 ‘Zombie’ knives, 36 Swords and various other pointed / bladed articles or weapons. They also seized 99 firearms.

I have been advised that information related to seizures following warrants, amnesties and weapon sweeps is not held in a retrievable format. The Met also do not hold any information related to seizures following importation.