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15-year-old boy found hiding a knife in his underpants

A 15-year-old boy was arrested today after police found a knife hidden in his pants. The teenager was held by officers as part of a co-ordinated day of action targeting knife crime across the capital.

He was detained by police in Islington during 'Operation Big Wing' involving more than 5,800 officers from London’s 32 boroughs.

Tackling weapon-related violence is a priority for the Met. Operations continually take place throughout the Met - focusing on key times and places where intelligence points to the highest risk.

We proactively target known violent offenders, stopping and searching people to detect and deter the carrying of weapons and to deploy screening arches in locations such as transport hubs.

However we cannot rely on enforcement as the only tool. We work with schools and this engagement forms a very important part of our prevention work. We work closely with some fantastic programmes and groups such as Growing Against Gangs and Violence and speak to children of all ages.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Allison, Head of Trident


Man critical after Islington stabbing

The victim was taken to an east London hospital Credit: ITV News/Tim Forrest

A man in his 20s is in a critical condition in hospital tonight after a stabbing in Islington.

Emergency services were called to Horsell Road just after 2:30pm this afternoon. No one has been arrested.


Islington revealed as personal debt hotspot

Islington is one of the UK's personal debt hotspots, new figures have revealed. Credit: PA Wire

Islington has one of the highest levels of personal loan debt per head in Britain, according to new figures.

The postcode sector of EC1V 2 in London, which covers Islington in north London, has the second highest level of personal debt per head at £2,188 putting it just behind Bath in the list.

The figures, released jointly by the British Bankers' Association (BBA) and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), also revealed that one quarter of Britain's £897 billion mortgage debt is owed by people in London.

Man suffers life-changing injuries after shooting

A 23-year-old man suffered "life-changing injuries" after being shot in Islington on Monday.

Police were called to reports of a shooting in Essex Road and found a man with a suspected gunshot wound.

The victim, who was conscious and breathing, was taken to an east London hospital with life changing injuries.

No arrests have been made and a firearm is yet to be recovered.

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