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Police to increase patrols in Romford after teenager allegedly seen with knife

PUBLISHED: 11:53 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 03 May 2018

More police patrols will be taking place in Romford town centre in the coming weeks. Photo: Archant

More police patrols will be taking place in Romford town centre in the coming weeks. Photo: Archant

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Police are to increase patrols in Romford town centre after a teenager was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a knife in The Brewery.

On Sunday (April 30) at around 8pm police received reports of an 18-year-old man armed with a knife in McDonald’s in the shopping centre.

Officers from the town centre responded within minutes and the man ran away.

He allegedly dropped a large hunting knife as he tried to get away from officers but he was later detained . A knife was recovered from the scene.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife in a public place and has now been charged with affray and threatening a person with a blade in a public place.

He was sent to Barkingside Magistrates Court where he has been remanded in custody and will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, May 30.

A spokesman from East Area Command said: “Since this incident we have reviewed our policing plans for coming weeks.

“We are aware of the alarm this incident caused at the time, and the ongoing concerns about violent crime in the town centre.

“We are listening to these and responding by putting additional officer on duty in Romford town centre at our busiest times.

“The community will see additional uniformed presence in the town centre in coming weeks, and we remain committed to maintaining the safety of those who live and work in and around Romford.”

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