There will be 300 extra police officers and more searches in London this weekend

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There will be 300 extra police officers and more stop and searches in London this weekend

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has deployed 300 more officers a day this weekend (Picture: AFP)

The Met Police will deploy an extra 300 officers on London’s streets this weekend and increase stop and searches to combat the rising knife violence in the capital.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick revealed the new strategy today after seven more people were injured last night.

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She told LBC: ‘We will be doing more stopping and searching of people in an effort to suppress violence and of course to take weapons of the street.

‘We will be doing more stop and search for weapons and indeed we have been doing more and more stop and search for the purpose of finding weapons.’

Commissioner Dick explained she pinpointed rising violence as the number one problem to tackle when she became London’s top cop last year.

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A man was stabbed in Poplar, London last night (Picture: Flynet)

She said: ‘I am relieved people throughout society are talking about this and especially those in central government.’

‘Over the last three months and in particular in the last several days we have had a unusual spike in horrible homicides, ghastly events, that have taken people’s lives and devastated other people’s lives.

‘It is important that we investigate those to the best of our ability and that we bring people to justice. I anticipate that we will. We are very good at that. We work really closely with the City of London Police.

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Bloodied clothes on the ground near the scene in Grove Road, Mile End, east London following reports of a stabbing. A male has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after three boys were taken to hospital, police said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 5, 2018. One youth has minor injuries, but the condition of the other two, both aged 15, is unknown. See PA story POLICE Stabbing. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Bloodied clothes on the ground near the scene in Grove Road, Mile End, last night (Picture: PA)

‘We frequently help them with serious crime, whether that is kidnap, knife crime, or homicide.’

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The 300 extra officers will be deployed in ‘hot spot’ areas of the capital on Saturday and Sunday.

A 13-year-old boy was among last night’s victims of knife crime in London as six teenagers were injured in four separate boroughs last night.

Three of them were taken to hospital while a male was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder.

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