Met Police officers working in the force's "Violence Suppression Unit" (VSU) made 11 arrests last weekend in a series of coordinated stop and searches.

Croydon MPS posted an update on the South London VSU's activity to Twitter on Tuesday (May 26).

In it, they said 11 suspects had been detained over the weekend May 23-24, while a number of illegal items including an array of knives were also taken in.

A spokesperson for the borough police force said:

"The Work Continues.

"Over the weekend your Violence Suppression Unit #SouthVSU were working hard on violence across the area.

"They have made 11 arrests, seized 7 weapons, seized large quantities of drugs and made many proactive successful stop and searches."

Recent reports have pointed to a dramatic rise in the use of Stop and Search by police in the UK over the last two years, despite the fact that Home Office figures suggested black people are disproportionately targeted by the tactic.