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Nine arrests during proactive police operation in Barking

News   •   Jan 22, 2021 10:38 GMT

During an operation focused on robbery reduction in the Barking area, officers from Longbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team made nine arrests for a variety of offences.

The operation started on Thursday, 7 January and concluded on Wednesday, 20 January.

Enhanced patrols were conducted in the areas of Barking Town Centre, Barking Park, the Gascoigne Estate and Faircross Parade with the following results:

[A] On Thursday, 7 January a male was arrested for breach of crown court bail conditions in connection with an offence of possession of an illegal substance with intent to supply.

[B] On Thursday, 7 January a woman was arrested for breach of crown court bail conditions in connection with an offence of possession of an illegal substance with intent to supply.

[C] On Friday, 8 January a woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear at court in relation to driving offences.

[D] On Friday, 8 January a male was arrested for obstructing a drugs search and assault on police.

[E] On Friday, 8 January a male was arrested for possession cannabis, obstruct a drugs search and driving without insurance.

[F] On Thursday, 14 January a male was arrested for handling stolen goods and obstructing police.

[G] On Friday, 15 January a male was seen in Station Parade, Barking who was wanted in connection with two burglaries and one robbery. He was arrested and subsequently charged with those offences and an additional charge of fraud.

[H] On Monday, 18 January a male was arrested for going equipped to commit burglary. He was also found to be wanted for burglary. He was subsequently charged with those offences and with an additional six counts of shoplifting [theft].

[I] On Monday, 18 January a male was arrested for failing to appear at court in connection with a driving offence.

[J] On Wednesday, 20 January a male was arrested in Barking Town Centre for possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and assault on police.

In addition to the arrests, officers issued one cannabis warning, two cannabis fixed penalties and four community resolutions for possession of cannabis in Barking Park.

A Mercedes stopped on Upney Lane on Wednesday, 20 January was found to have five occupants, one of whom is known to be involved in the sale of drugs. All of the occupants were searched and issued with fines for breaching COVID regulations.

The vehicle they were travelling in was found to be driven without insurance and by a male who did not hold a valid driving licence. He was reported for the offence’s of driving with no insurance and driving not in accordance with a licence.

Police Sergeant James Kent of Longbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “While initially aimed at robbery offences, this operation has resulted in the arrest of offenders for a variety of crimes.

“The police activity has removed a significant number of offenders from the streets of Barking in a relatively short time and this is something that will we repeat whenever the opportunity arises.

Do you have information about suspected crime or have you seen something suspicious in your road or neighbourhood? If you have information that could help keep your community safe, prevent crime or stop a burglary, but don’t want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call or I.P address.

Any young people who have either information about crime can visit www.fearless.org to where they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.