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CCTV and police snare knifeman

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24 June 2016

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Enfield Council's CCTV operators and police officers swung into action this week to locate and arrest a bungling knifeman who was high on drugs after he dropped a weapon inside a cab office.

Enfield Council's CCTV operators and police officers swung into action this week to locate and arrest a bungling knifeman who was high on drugs after he dropped a weapon inside a cab office.

Close Circuit Television Operators were asked to track down the man, who was described as high on drugs, after he walked into the cab office in Hertford Road, Edmonton, at around 6am on Saturday (18 June) and dropped a kitchen knife in front of horrified staff.

He left the office but was located on CCTV and followed while police were directed to his location, where he was stopped and arrested.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "It is hugely important that we work with the police to protect the public, but also protect people who are under the influence of drugs from themselves, and I am delighted that we were able to work together to prevent anyone from being harmed.

"It is illegal to carry a knife in public, and violent crime is a terrible scourge on this city so it is right and proper that we acted swiftly and decisively to prevent this incident from escalating into a potentially serious crime with tragic consequences."

Enfield Police, Acting Borough Commander, Supt Carl Robinson, said: "This incident shows the danger that our officers face every day and demonstrates the bravery and dedication to duty they routinely face in doing their job in sometimes difficult circumstances.

"I am pleased that the Metropolitan Police and Enfield Council were able to work together effectively to remove this individual from the street in a timely manner before there was the potential for him to harm himself or others."