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Police were patrolling the Mall in London at around 6:30 p.m. today when they saw a man carrying an ax. Armed officers, who were on duty nearby, attended the scene.

The man, who is believed to be in his 40s, was detained and arrested on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon.

He was taken to Charing Cross Police Station for questioning.

There are currently no reports of injuries, but investigations are continuing.

London has seen a wave of crime in recent weeks.

Man with ax arrested in central London

Man with ax arrested in central London (Image: Google Maps)

London sees a wave of crime this year

London sees a wave of crime this year (Image: Getty)

Today, emergency services rushed to the scene to find a man in his 30s who had been sprayed in his face with a substance that had inflamed his eyes.

Officers believe the attack occurred during a personal robbery.

The victim was treated by paramedics and London firefighters before being taken to hospital.

There have so far been no arrests in connection with the attack.

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London Campaign to End Knife Crime

London Campaign to End Knife Crime (Image: Getty)

It comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan was attacked for letting crime run out of control in the capital.

This month, Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate for mayor in London, launched a scathing attack on Mr Khan, saying “crime is out of hand” across the capital.

He tweeted: “Crime is out of hand in London.

“I have been working with young people for 20 years.

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London sees increased knife crime in capital

London sees increased knife crime in capital (Image: Getty)

“I know how to deal with the root causes of crime.”

He added that the capital needed “8,000 new police officers, 4,000 new youth workers” and said he would “reopen 38 police stations”.

Mr Bailey continued: “We can secure London – but we need a fresh start.”

As of March 2020, there have been over 15,900 knife crimes across London, which is a staggering increase from 9,752 crimes during Boris Johnson’s stay at Town Hall.

Police tape

Police tape (Image: Getty)

Throughout the month of March, London witnessed a series of bloody and fatal stab wounds as Mr Khan faced increased pressure to tackle knife crime.

Two men were stabbed in Hounslow at the end of March and one of the victims died of his injuries.

The previous week, a man had been rushed to hospital with stab wounds following an incident in Pimlico.

Another man died after being stabbed in Walthamstow days before and in early March a teenager was found injured and rushed to hospital for treatment.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (Image: Getty)

Following the assault in Pimlico, Khan was castigated by rival candidate Brian Rose who called the current mayor “apathetic” following a series of knife attacks.

Mr Rose also attacked Prime Minister Boris Johnson and called him a “coward”.

He said: ‘Will politicians finally start to pay attention now that the wave of stabbing in London has spread to the outskirts of Westminster?

“Londoners have been abandoned by both their apathetic mayor and their cowardly Prime Minister.”

Mr Khan said: “I promise to be tough on criminality by investing more in the police force than any other mayor and by tackling the causes criminality funding hundreds of positive opportunities for young Londoners criminality regions of the capital.

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