Crackdown on Knifepoint Robberies on Wandsworth Common


Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of a series of offences

Police on operation on Wandsworth Common
Police on operation on Wandsworth Common. Picture: Met Police

A specialist police team set up to target knifepoint robberies has arrested two teenagers in Wandsworth Common.

The Violence Suppression Unit in the South West Basic Command (SW VSU) was responding to an increase in this kind of crime in the area and, during a proactive operation on Friday, 24 July, they spotted two suspects.

Following a short chase on foot a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of three offences of possession of a knife and five robbery offences. A second boy, aged 15 years old, was arrested on suspicion of eight robbery offences. The youths are currently in police custody.

Police Sergeant Tim Willers, from the SW VSU, said, “There is no doubt in my mind that these individuals were out to commit robberies and target those teenagers on the common who were out to meet their friends.

"We will continue to target and disrupt violence from occurring with operations such as this – which without, could have been a significant night of robbery and violent crime.”

If you have information about violence or knife crime visit www.fearless.org where you can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

You can also contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously via 0800 555 111 or online.

July 25, 2020