Two hundred arrests made last week across London in violent crime crackdown

Katherine Johnston (21 May, 2020)

Five guns were seized

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More than 200 people suspected of drug-related violence were arrested last week across London including in Lewisham and Greenwich. 

Stop and search and targeted patrols in crime hotspots led by the Met’s territorial support group and dog support unit saw 222 people arrested across eleven London boroughs.

Five firearms were seized and 26 knives taken off the streets – along with 29 other offensive weapons, and 206 drug seizures.

Superintendent Emma Richards, from the Met’s taskforce, said: “Our teams are working hard to reduce violence across London, whilst dealing with the backdrop of COVID-19.

“Like so many people across London, our officers have been affected in a number of ways by the pandemic, yet they bring nothing but professionalism and drive when they are out policing.

“Their dedication is demonstrated in the remarkable results achieved; 60 offensive weapons are now off London’s streets, as well as a vast amount of drugs, both of which could cause much harm to the public. 

“The senior leadership Team for the Taskforce is very proud of the officers on our command, we could not ask for more.

“We will continue to exploit all tactics and powers available to us to suppress violence.”

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