(LONDON) MET Project Soteria Report: A proactive intelligence-led operation has led to 14 arrests on the mor ning of Wednesday, 25 September, in Lambeth and Southwark targeting violent offenders in supply of drugs and linked to knife crime across the city: To date (including today’s arrests) over 200 people have bee n arrested under this project #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: Warrants were executed at 20 addresses this morning as part of Project Soteria which has been deployed on these boroughs since the start of the year to target violent offenders and those involved in supply of drugs: They warrants targeted addresses in the Kennington Park Estate as well as other addresses across the boroughs.

Detective Inspector Anthony Jones said: “The supply of drugs is intrinsically linked to the violence that we have seen on our streets and by dismantling the drugs networks we will be reducing violent crime in London.”…………At this time, 14 people have been arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences……………So far officers have seized £8,000 in cash, phones, drugs paraphernalia and 300 rocks of crack cocaine.

A/Detective Superintendent Jim McKee, who has overseen Project Soteria, said: “This project, which was launched in January, was developed to take those involved in the supply of drugs off our streets and put them behind bars. So far we have made over 200 arrests with over 80 per cent now charged with serious offences. We are seriously disrupting organised criminal networks.”

Detective Superintendent Helen Lyons, who works across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, said: “We have carried out this large scale operation as part of our commitment to tackling serious crime, violence and the supply of drugs that affects our community: “I know that many local residents want us to continue to do more to tackle crime and I hope that today’s activities demonstrates that we are listening to those concerns. Whilst we are listening to what the community needs from us, I ask that those who have information about violent crime and drugs in London pass on that information to police, the independent charity Crimestoppers or Fearless. Any information passed on to them will remain completely anonymous.”

Project Soteria has been formed under MOPAC funding and is led by Specialist Crime working in conjunction with officers from the Area South Command Unit, which covers these boroughs: The project has focused on reducing serious violence, much of which is related to the supply of Class A drugs. To date (including today’s arrests) over 200 people have been arrested under this project.

Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 / www.crimestoppers-uk.org…………………………Fearless can be contacted via their website: www.fearless.org……………………If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Sept.26: 2019:

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