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Masked man wielding samurai sword arrested on the street

The sword seized by police
The sword seized by police

A man armed with a samurai sword and wearing a hockey mask has been arrested in the street.

The man was stopped by police in Islington, north London, who found the blade in a bag he was carrying.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: "Police were called shortly after midnight on Friday 7 August to reports of a group of youths in Hornsey Road armed with bricks and sticks.

"As officers responded, a person was seen wearing a hockey-style mask carrying a large bag. On seeing the officers the person ran off.

"Officers gave chase and a male was subsequently detained.

"The mask and the bag, found to contain a samurai-style sword, were subsequently recovered."

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and is in custody at a police station in north London.