Two people were arrested in separate incidents for carrying knives.

Police were patrolling Cricklewood Broadway on Wednesday (October 7) at around 3.40pm to look for potential drug dealers looking to sell to school children on their way home.

The team attended an alleyway known for being an active drug dealing spot, and found two people acting suspiciously, but as the officers approached them the two ran away.

After chasing them down, they were detained and searched and a boy, 14, was found with a ring knife.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and has since been released from custody under investigation. He was also referred to the Met’s ‘Divert’ custody intervention programme to help provide educational opportunities and stay away from crime.

The other boy, 16, was not arrested and released with no further action.

Elsewhere in north west London, the officers patrolled Harlesden Road at 8.10pm and searched a suspicious car with a 24-year-old man inside.

During the search a large lock knife was found, and he was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, he has been released from custody but the investigation continues.

Police Sergeant Iain Hardman, from the Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “The purpose of the VCTF is to be more proactive on the streets, bearing down on violent crime and serious criminality and we are doing just that.

“We are continuously seizing knives and weapons we find through our proactive work. The officers on this team are hugely dedicated and work hard to keep London safe.”