Two arrests were made at Greenwich Station yesterday (August 26) after a targeted swoop aimed at capturing a man wanted by a magistrates court in Folkestone.

Greenwich MPS said they had cooperated with British Transport Police (BTP) in the action that also yielded another arrest after a man from Bexley was arrested "for points and blades" offences.

A spokesperson for the borough police force posted further details of the operation on Facebook Thursday evening, alongside photos which showed police detaining suspects at the one of the station entrances:

"Yesterday we conducted a #OpAvara deployment with British Transport Police’s South Eastern Proactive Team at Greenwich station.

"We made two arrests:

•A Male was arrested as he was found to be wanted at Folkestone Magistrates Court.

•A Male from Bexley was arrested for points and blades & for a public order offence. He has been released under investigation to enable a file to be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.

"Officers also recovered a second knife during the operation and that has been sent for disposal," the statement from Greenwich MPS read.

The so-called "disruption operations" by police under Operation Avara, were a regular occurrence prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, with police officers setting up with metal detectors and stop and searching commuters at key south east London train stations.