Published on February 4, 2014 | by Edwige Dubois


15-inch knife found near LCC

Police man holding the 15 inch knife found near elephant and castle

Many people were left worried after seeing the image of the large weapon on Twitter. [Metropolitan Police]

A 15-inch (38cm) knife was recently found by a police officer in a housing estate in Elephant and Castle.

It is believed to have been left behind by a group of teenagers who had been smoking cannabis.

Metropolitan Police Sergeant David Hunt recovered the blade from the stairwell of Perronet House after the gang had fled on Saturday night.

Sgt Hunt posted a picture on Twitter of PC Peter Osborne holding the large knife and tweeted: “Just seized this knife maybe saved another life? Unfortunately didn’t catch the youth carrying it.”

Sgt Hunt added: “The worrying thing is why did they have it in the first place?”


The picture went viral on Twitter and triggered comments of shock at the size of the weapon.

“That’s not a knife, it’s a bloody cutlass! Why the hell would you carry something like that about?” wrote @skibum999.

@Adam_Chahin wondered “Who’s fitting that in their back pocket…”

@DurhamScChief tweeted: “It’s when you see swords like that we all need taser!”


Police in Southwark investigating the incident arrested a young male on February 4.

A BA Media and Communication student at LCC, who only wanted to be known as Maryam, told ALN that stories like this make her “more cautious when leaving university at night and alone”.

Amelia Springett, a third year BA Film and Television student at LCC, still feels safe in the area and views the situation differently: “The cars and the buses are far more dangerous, especially if you are a cyclist, than a knife would be.”


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