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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Knife Arch Scanner spotted on the Tube

What looks like an anti crime knife arch was spotted being installed at Turnham Green Tube by the eagle eyed Michael.
Operation Blunt 2 has come into much wider force in an aim to curb knife attacks. The police operation uses knife arches, which scan for concealed weapons and we ought to get used to seeing these more frequently at London underground stations and another public transport centres - eg bus stations.

Turnham Green Tube Scanner Knife Arch taken by Michael W

It's weird and surprising when you first see these as Michael's email to me shows while sending the photo to me from his iPhone:

"Looks like some sort of portable scanner, complete with 3 policemen and a setter-upper man, just in time for Friday rush hour!

Don't know if this is common at other stations or something to do with Boris, but thought you may be interested.

Personally, I think there may be more dangerous places to target than leafy Chiswick!

There is growing public anxiety about fatal stabbings, shootings and teenage gangs, particularly in large cities like London and the scanners seem to be working.

My response was initially that I thought the police needed "quiet" areas to test this first. But I'm not so sure now. Violence can happen anywhere, even in suburban leafy Chiswick. I've not been through Turnham Green since this has been installed and I wonder how many people actually notice it. But again isn't that the whole point of them?

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