Thirteen people appeared in court charged with knife offences in south west London last week - including a 13-year-old boy who had a butterfly knife, and a 41-year-old woman who took a knife to the Wimbledon tennis championships.

The Metropolitan Police recently announced Operation Sceptre, aimed at tackling knife crime, has led to more than 500 arrests and over 400 weapons being taken off the streets of London.


On Monday, July 24, Paul Sampson, was charged with possessing a small curved knife in South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, during an alleged burglary at the New Horizon Centre. The 49-year-old, of Brecon Close, has been bailed until September 1.

William Hutson, 23, of Thrupp Close, was charged with possessing a butterfly knife in Christchurch Road and is also on bail until September 18.

A 19-year-old, Josh Rock, of Robin Hood Way in Kingston, was bailed after appearing in court on a charge of possessing a knife in Whitton High Street in May.


The youngest offender at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court last week was charged with possessing a knife at Asda, Lavender Hill, on Tuesday, July 25. The 13-year-old was referred to Wandsworth Youth Offender Panel for three months.

Another teen, a 15-year-old boy from the area has been bailed on charges of possessing a machete and flick knife in Penge. He will next appear at the court on August 8.


Nicola Scarpellini, from Wembley, is the woman charged with possessing a locking knife at the All England Tennis Club on July 10. The 41-year-old was handed a community order of 180 hours on Wednesday, July 26.

Marco Solari, 48, of Oakwood Avenue in Mitcham, will next appear in Kingston Crown Court on charges of drink-driving and possessing a folding pocket knife in Camborne Road, Morden.

A warrant for arrest has been issued for Robert John Paul, a 43-year-old from Norfolk Road in Colliers Wood, for allegedly possessing a five inch blade at Clapham Junction train station on June 4 and Jack Fearn, 21, from Hounslow, will appear at Kingston Crown Court on charges of possessing a lock knife in Ross Road, Twickenham.

Dorian Brown, 26, of Redhill, was bailed on charges of possessing a lock knife in Wandsworth's Queenstown Road in January.

One teenager, a 16-year-old boy found guilty of possessing a 12cm serrated knife in Manor Way was referred to a youth offender panel and another, a 17-year-old boy who took a 15cm long kitchen knife to Bentalls Centre in Kingston, was handed a youth rehabilitation order.


Jack Robinson, 19, was bailed until August 10 after he was charged with possessing a knife and knuckle duster at Asda in London Road.