Two potentially dangerous weapons found during a clean up by the railway path in Feltham have been safely disposed.
One resembled a knuckle 'trench' knife with over a three inch blade and the other was longer, more thick and blunt.
The discovery follows a weapons sweep in Hounslow that uncovered six knives at Inwood Park, last week, and police chief Raj Kohli speaking to getwestlondon about how the borough does not have a serious knife crime problem , following the recent spate of stabbings in the borough.
PC Caroline Baxter said: "It was a joint agency approach tackling anti social behaviour.
"All agencies involved have encouraged the local community to get involved with the community clear up.
"The area has now been transformed and everyone is happy with the outcome. The alleyway is used by all, including families who will all benefit from the area."
Despite downpours volunteers from Southville Community Centre’s Joint Action Group (JAG) rolled up their sleeves to clear rubbish from the alley where a bed mattress, couple of smashed televisions and a fire extinguisher had also been dumped.
A hard day of graft saw tonnes of rubbish scooped up with litter pickers and bagged into around 100 refuse sacks with tools, cans, tins, plastic items and empty containers removed from the shrubs.
An additional 10 bags of building materials which had been fly tipped were also removed.
The team members were joined by the London Fire Brigade , Feltham West officers, Hounslow Highways, Hounslow council’s enforcement team, community payback volunteers and councillors Alan Mitchell and Elizabeth Hughes at the railway alley by Hanover Avenue and Padstow Walk on April 7.
Community comes together
Jennie Tweedy, chair of the JAG and Southville Centre manager said: “It was a very worthwhile event which again saw the coming together of local residents, organisations, community groups and councillors who became volunteers for the day.
“Everyone was enthusiastic, and our aim by doing this is to improve the area so it can be enjoyed by all who live, work and visit here.”
The JAG is made up of residents who meet regularly to discuss ways to tackle environmental issues such as fly tipping and arson prevention, and organise clear-up events in their area.
Recent figures from the Metropolitan Police have also revealed a rise in knife crime, gun crime and rape in London.
Residents and community groups looking to arrange a clear-up should email firstname.lastname@example.org and report to Hounslow Highways .