343 arrests London wide for Operation Big Wing
Criminals from drug dealers and gang members to uninsured drivers and burglars were targeted by the Met Police in a major day of coordinated activity to cut crime and disrupt those who cause harm to London’s communities.
Borough officers have been joined by specialist colleagues to carry out arrests, search warrants, licensing enforcement, ANPR operations, high visibility patrols and a range of other activity in what will be the biggest ever Big Wing operation to date.
Officers also conducted street briefings and police surgeries across the Capital’s 32 boroughs to inform and engage the public on what is being done to tackle crime and disorder. .
Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford said:
“Gang violence, drugs, and knife crime are serious, high harm crimes that can sadly have a devastating and lasting effect on local communities; however, there are also many other issues which might be seen as ‘lower level’ offences, such as anti-social behaviour or uninsured drivers, that we know can and do blight the daily lives of too many people.
"Today’s operation is about showing Londoners that we have listened to their concerns and we are committed to taking robust preventative and disruptive action to stop this criminal activity and make their communities safer. It’s also about warning those intent on breaking the law and engaging in criminal activity that we will be doing everything we can to stop them, and wherever possible we will be putting them before the courts.
"Officers from every part of the Met have been mobilised and will be out and about on your streets today, tackling the crimes that affect your neighbourhood. You will see police carrying out licensing checks, uninsured vehicle checks, executing search warrants, and patrolling your local transport hubs throughout the day.
"Some of you will notice police surgeries where you can drop in to speak to an officer about your concerns; or street briefings, where you can listen in and find out what police are doing to make your neighbourhood safer. All members of the public are encouraged to engage with the officers, get some crime prevention advice, ask questions.
"We are here to serve the public, and we hope today’s activity will be one way of showing some of what we do every day to make London safer for our communities.”
The arrests have been for a range of offences including theft, possession of class A drugs, possession of class B drugs, possession with intent to supply, burglary, robbery, handling stolen goods and possession of an offensive weapon.
In the borough of Hounslow there have been 34 arrests for various offences including burglary, robbery and violence with 87 venues visited, 9 vehicles seized and 11 warrants issued.
Highlights across London have included:
Officers arrested a man on suspicion of absconding from prison after he was found hiding in a loft at a house in Beckenham.
Acting on intelligence officers attended the address and arrested the 35-year-old man who was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.
It is believed the man had absconded from an open prison in Kent in November 2009 and had been circulated as wanted since then.
Inquiries are continuing.
A search warrant was executed by Southwark Trident Gang Team at an address in Walworth, SE17, this morning.
Officers found approximately a half of a kilo of what is believed to be crack cocaine, evidence of its production, white powder - believed to be cutting agent - and around £3,000 cash.
A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody at a South London Police Station.
Officers working on Operation Big Wing have seized a number of items today including a CS canister and asp from an address in Kingston and a stun gun from an address in Waltham Forest.
Officers in Bromley have raided a cannabis factory and seized 80 plants.
In Kensington and Chelsea officers seized more than £35k of designer handbags and arrested a woman on suspicion for money laundering and theft
Kensington Safer Transport Teams has recovered cash and six suspected stolen bikes and cash.
In Greenwich there have been 27 arrests for a variety of offences from burglary to GBH and possession of drugs, 82 vehicles stopped in ANPR operations, four of which were seized for no insurance and no MOT. A total of 950 people went through a knife arch outside a school today in Abbey Wood. No knifes recovered.
In Brent 86 vehicles have been stopped in an ANPR operation and seven vehicles seized so f ar. A knife arch also has been erected at a school in Brent
Officers executing a search warrant at an address in Westminster this morning seized a Porsche as part of Operation Big Wing activity.
The vehicle has been taken away from the address pending further inquiries. No arrests at this stage.
February 28, 2013