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'Robbery kit' and 'Zombie killer' knife found in Hackney drugs raids

PUBLISHED: 13:18 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:18 23 June 2016

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The "robbery kit" that was seized by police, with a knife, gloves and balaclava

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A "Zombie killer" knife and a "robbery kit" were seized along with bags of heroin and crack cocaine in raids on suspected gang members in Hackney yesterday.

'Zombie killer': The serrated weapon was part of a haul from two days of police raids in Hackney and Harlesden'Zombie killer': The serrated weapon was part of a haul from two days of police raids in Hackney and Harlesden

Police swooped on seven suspects in Hoxton including six men and a woman aged between 18 and 21, and a 51-year-old, who were arrested for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

During the operation officers found a “Zombie killer” knife - a serrated long-bladed weapon inspired by horror movies.

They also came across a suspected “robbery kit” in a cardboard box, which contained a knife, black balaclava and black gloves.

The raid was part of an operation which saw six men arrested in Haggerston on May 11 for class A drugs offences, and a further nine arrests this morning in Brent for drugs offences and one for possession of a Taser stun gun.

Scotland Yard said the two areas were targeted after an increase in the number of gang-related shootings in recent months.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Champion, of the Trident gangs unit, said: “Gang-related drug dealing ruins lives for those that are directly involved, like dealers and users.

“It also leaves local communities scarred by crimes and the anti-social behaviour that is an inevitable consequence of the dealing.”

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