Officers from Havering and local partners have held a ‘day of action’ targeting drug dealing and the associated anti-social behaviour.
The planned activity that took place in Havering on Tuesday, 25 May, resulted in Class A and Class B drugs being seized from 12 people, two vehicles being seized for no insurance and the recovery of one stolen vehicle.
In addition, a 16-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of robbery. He was taken to an east London police station and was subsequently released on bail to return on a date in mid-June.
In addition, partners from the London Borough of Havering engaged with residents across 196 addresses providing them with a letter encouraging them to engage with their local ward officers and Havering Council regarding any issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour.
Police Sergeant Richard Ruane, said: “The sale and use of drugs can have a hugely negative effect on the quality of life for local residents and businesses, not to mention the limiting effects that drug use or a criminal record can have on the potential futures of our young people.
“The links between drug offences and other types of crime are well documented; we aim to reduce the wider crime by tackling drugs at dealer level, but also by raising awareness with local people and encouraging them to come forward if they have information about drug-related crime.
“We understand the effect that crime and anti-social behaviour can have on feelings of personal safety for many residents and encourage anyone who has concerns not to suffer in silence, but to contact their local policing team.
Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said: “It’s great to see our officers working with the Metropolitan Police to tackle drugs and anti-social behaviour in the borough. These days of action highlight how we can all work together to keep Havering a safe and clean place for everyone.”
+ Do you have information about somewhere or someone you think is being used to deal drugs? If you have information that could help keep your community safe, 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 information about drug dealing or want information about the consequences of drug crime, can visit Fearless 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.