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Operation to tackle violence in east London

News   •   Jun 06, 2020 07:00 BST

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Officers in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, supported by central units, have conducted an operation targeting violence.

The activity – that took place on Thursday, 4 June – focused on reducing robbery and violence across the boroughs by targeting known priority offenders, hotspot locations and enhancing the response to reported incidents as they happen. 

Police Sergeant Vincent Boughton, of the Central East Command’s Robbery Taskforce, said: “Being a victim of robbery or burglary, particularly where the threat of violence is involved, is about far more than a loss of property. The feeling of victimisation and insecurity can remain long after stolen possessions have been replaced. 

“Although we are pleased with the results achieved during this operation, we still have much to do towards combatting robbery, drugs and the associated violence that comes with them. 

“We will continue to target and arrest those who prey on others and will make use of all available resources and police powers to protect the community from the actions and unwanted attentions of criminals.” 

The day’s activity resulted in nine arrests as follows: 

[A] A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs and assaulting an emergency worker. He was the subject of a stop and search, and was found to be in possession of a large amount of cannabis, a brick of heroin, 15 mobile phones and around £1,000 in cash.

[B] A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle.

[C] An 18-year-old man was detained for being unlawfully at large after being found guilty of attempted robbery at a virtual court. He has been submitted to custody to serve his sentence. 

[D] A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, robbery and motor vehicle theft.

[E] A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and B substances. 

[F] A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

[G] A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

[H] A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs and theft.

[I] A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary. 

Throughout the operation, during which 102 stop and searches were conducted, officers seized a large quantity of cannabis, a brick of what is believed to be heroin, an amount of cocaine, £1,000 in cash and one vehicle. 

Officers will continue to work tirelessly to identify and pursue offenders, help bring perpetrators to justice, take weapons off the street, support victims, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe.

We ask the public to remain vigilant and if you see any suspicious activity, have any concerns, or have any information about suspected criminality, please call police on 101. In an emergency always, dial 999.

Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime. Please help us to keep London safe.

+ The public also play a huge role in helping to both prevent and detect crime. We need their help to identify those willing to commit terrible acts and carry weapons. We need to hear from anyone who has information about a crime, or about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon or involved in organised crime. 

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website

Advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free and the Met's website