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More than 200 arrests made in violent crime operation

News   •   May 21, 2020 10:47 BST

A total of 222 people were arrested between Monday, 11 and Sunday, 17 May as part of a joint operation in continued efforts to tackle violent crime.

The Territorial Support Group (TSG) and the Dog Support Unit worked in conjunction with local teams on a number of operations across several London boroughs.

This saw a range of activity including intelligence led stop and search and targeted patrols to disrupt crime in known hot spot areas and locations.

The activity took place in Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea.

It resulted in:

- 222 arrests made
- 5 firearms recovered
- 26 knives recovered
- 29 other offensive weapons recovered
- 206 drug seizures

Superintendent Emma Richards, from the Met’s Taskforce, said: “Our teams are working hard to reduce violence across London, whilst dealing with the backdrop of COVID-19.

“Like so many people across London, our officers have been affected in a number of ways by the pandemic, yet they bring nothing but professionalism and drive when they are out policing.

“Their dedication is demonstrated in the remarkable results achieved; 60 offensive weapons are now off London’s streets, as well as a vast amount of drugs, both of which could cause much harm to the public. The Senior Leadership Team for the Taskforce is very proud of the officers on our command, we could not ask for more.

“We will continue to exploit all tactics and powers available to us to suppress violence.”

+Communities have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime and we urge anyone who may have information to tell us, so that we can tackle violence together. We need information about crime or those who carry a weapon, or those that exploit people for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.

For those not comfortable in speaking to the police, Crimestoppers is a totally, independent charity. They do not ask your name or trace your call. If people are worried that a family member or friend might be involved in criminality or vulnerable to people who may be violent, visit Knife Free