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Police arrest 21 people on key London transport routes

Officers search a car during Operation Pegasus
Image caption In total 192 vehicles were stopped during the operation

A man wanted for a sex offence is among 21 people held during an operation focused on transport routes in London.

Operation Pegasus, which began at 19:00 BST on Thursday, saw about 300 officers deployed at bus and rail stations and on six bridges across the River Thames.

Specialist drugs dog units and knife arches were set up at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and Tooting Bec stations.

Checkpoints were also set up on Wandsworth, Battersea, Vauxhall, Albert, Chelsea and Lambeth bridges.

Mobile number plate recognition units deployed close to the bridges led to 192 vehicles being stopped, of which 13 were seized, during the six-hour operation.

Police also detained two known gang members, one of whom was wanted over a burglary in Kent and was driving with false numberplates and the other wanted for an assault.

'Seize any weapons'

Among those held by police, one man was arrested in possession of an offensive weapon - a baseball bat, seven were arrested for drugs, two for driving while disqualified, one for being drunk and disorderly, one for fraud, one for theft of a vehicle and one for handling stolen goods.

Police also issued 21 cannabis warnings.

Det Supt Eric Phelps said: "We know that criminals use these key transport routes to travel to other parts of London to commit crime, so we employed a range of tactics to target, tackle and deter gang related offending.

"This operation aimed to deny offenders the use of the roads and other transport routes, seize any weapons or drugs being carried, as well as increase our intelligence on their activities."

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