700 officers hit gang crime in UK-wide dawn raids
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Legal
Over 700 police officers have taken part in a series of dawn raids across the UK, as part of a major crackdown on gang crime.
Twenty-three warrants were executed simultaneously at 05.30 yesterday, in connection with one of London’s most harmful gangs.
The raids led to 29 arrests of people aged 18-47 for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, money laundering, possession with intent to supply, fraud and immigration offences.
Officers also recovered what they believe to be around 300 rocks of crack cocaine and a large quantity of heroin. The also seized approximately £5,000 cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Nine of the raids took place in Lambeth, one in Southwark, one in Hackney and another in Brent. A further seven took place in Thames Valley, two in Edinburgh, one in Essex and another in Bedfordshire.
Commander Steve Rodhouse, the Met's lead on gangs and organised crime, said: "Since the commissioner launched the Trident Gang Crime Command almost two years ago we have achieved some fantastic results in tackling gangs and reducing the number of young people injured.
"This is the result of Trident’s continued work with borough and UK colleagues to target the most 'high risk' gang members to keep young people and communities safe in London."
Detective chief inspector Tim Champion, Trident Central Gangs Unit, said: "This operation demonstrates how Trident can support local boroughs to tackle violent gang members.
"It is also a clear example of how Trident and the MPS working closely with our police colleagues across the UK and will work across both borough and county borders to target violent gangs involved in criminal activity - on this occasion we have targeted their drug extensive dealing network.
"The Central Gangs Unit's primary focus is to work with local communities, local authorities, charities and other agencies to prevent young people from joining gangs in the first place and all those arrested today were offered the opportunity by Lambeth borough to escape from gang culture."