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Met raids target organised crime group

News   •   Oct 16, 2019 20:16 BST

Working in partnership with Suffolk Police, Met officers conducted a number of search and arrest warrants on Wednesday, 16 October in connection with an organised crime group believed to have committed dozens of burglaries stealing high value items.

The group are believed to be responsible for 20 burglaries in London alone, and more than 50 across in total.

The warrants were conducted at a storage facility in Belvedere, a residential address in Hackney and a residential address in Kent where a 39-year-old male [G], was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

In Suffolk, Met officers supported local police in conducting warrants at a caravan park near Mildenhall, where six arrests were made.

The arrests are as follows:

[A] A 22-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

[B] A 23-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

[C] A 19-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

[D] A 21-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

[E] A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

[F] A 25-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

During the searches a number of mobile phones were seized by officers and a substantial amount of high value goods that are believed to be stolen property, were found during the search of the self-storage facility in Belvedere and a number of cars and caravans, believed stolen, were seized.

Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy of the Met’s South East Command said: “We understand the devastation that can be caused to those who are unfortunate enough to the targeted by burglars and the often long term effects that can run far deeper than a loss of property."