Kitchen knife was disarmed by furious locals after allegedly trying to rob kids’ phones
Shocking footage shows the moment the lad, 13, handed over a massive concealed blade in the street.
Witnesses claim the youngster tried to mug another boy, 12, at knife point before local residents saw him.
He was chased down a residential road in suburban Rainham, East London, and held by a group of people.
In the video, the lad is challenged by two men, with one shouting “give him the knife…. put it on the floor”.
One local resident in a hooded top takes the blade from the teen and holds it up to the camera
The man can be heard fuming: “Do you think that’s funny? Don’t go round robbing 12 year old kids.”
A number of onlookers formed a crowd around the lad before the police were called and he was arrested.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed the teenager was held after he “was seen to be carrying a knife”.
A force spokesman said: “The incident occurred in the Rainham area.
“The footage has been reviewed by officers from East Area BCU who are now investigating.
“One male was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of points and blades, and robbery.
“He was later released under investigation. Enquiries continue.”
It comes after a 16 year old lad was fighting for his life last night after being knifed in Brixton, South London.
Britain has been rocked by surging levels of knife crime this year, despite being placed under lockdown.
There has been a shocking 21 murders in London so far this year, with 14 of them down to the use of knives.
The Sun previously revealed how blades are being sold to youngsters on social media apps like Instagram.
And earlier this month, five people from the capital were charged with marketing weapons on photo sharing app Snapchat.