Eight arrested in early morning dawn raids in Southwark and Lambeth

Katherine Johnston (15 February, 2019) Crime

'We urge anyone with information about crime in their neighbourhood to get in touch''

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Eight people were arrested on Wednesday (February 13) after a series of early morning raids – including an address in Kennington.

In total, six men and two women were arrested and hauled to south London police station by the met’s gangs unit, where they remain in custody on suspicion of drug supply offences.

Ten search warrants were conducted at an address in Kennington’s Clayton Street, and homes in Gauden Road, SW4, Nelsons Row SW4X, and Cowley Estate, in SE9.

Officers say a ‘large amount’ of crack, heroin, and cannabis were seized.

The Met says its officers are working with people living nearby to offer ‘reassurance’ and encourage them to come forward with any information.

Detective Sergeant Fitzsimmons, from the Met’s central south proactive gangs unit, said: “Drug-related crime has a hugely negative impact on local communities and we are absolutely committed to identifying those involved and bringing them to justice.

“The warrants this morning demonstrate that we will work tirelessly to crack down on those believed to be committing drugs offences.

“Communities play a vital role in tackling drug crime and its associated violence and I hope this morning’s action reassures residents, and we urge anyone with information about crime in their neighbourhood to get in touch.”

Information can be passed onto the police by calling 101, or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers, which does not ask for names, or trace calls.

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