(LONDON) MET REPORT: At least 119 people have been arrested following a three day, cross-police force operation to tackle violence and associated criminality #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: Officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology along main roads in and around London, as well as in violence hotspots, to target vehicles which activated the technology, showing a link to violence and drug crimes.

#AceDailyNews reports that more than 100 arrests in violence and drugs crack-down as officers from the MET teamed together with six other police forces: Surrey; Kent; Essex; Hertfordshire; Thames Valley; and British Transport Police, to disrupt and prevent violence, drugs and gang activity.

19 October 2021 17:40

More than 100 arrests in violence and drugs crack-down

Youth workers from the charity Bounce Back, who interact with young offenders offering support and guidance to help them find ways out of criminal lifestyles, also joined the operation, working in dedicated custody suites providing immediate intervention.

The operation, which ran from 12-14 October, resulted in (MPS only):

  • 119 arrests for knives and drugs offences
  • 18 knives/weapons recovered
  •  A number of drug seizures, including a cannabis factory
  • £5,795 cash seized, with an additional individual seizure of €451,000
  • 45 vehicles seized. 

Inspector Pete Luciano, of the Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “Our number one priority is tackling violence and the drivers which fuel it – we know this includes drugs supply. The use of ANPR technology is a valuable tactic we use to target criminals bringing drugs and weapons onto the streets of London. Operations like this form part of the wider work being carried out across the Met to tackle violence in all its forms: officers are running bespoke operations alongside day-to-day activity, to make communities safer: We are working alongside other police forces and sharing intelligence across borders to intercept criminals using the road networks. My message is clear: if you are involved in the supply of drugs or exploitation of others, we will identify you; stop you and arrest you: Crucially during this operation we were joined by a youth worker who supported individuals on the cusp of violence. This meant young people received instant support, independent of police. Operations like this, which include a collaborative approach, can have a real impact on finding longer-term solutions for those engaging in criminality.” ……….It is absolutely critical that we, along with our partners, drive down violent crime in London – this is the top priority for all in the Met………….Our plans are strong and officers are using a range of tactics from prevention and diversion activities to enforcement. Our continued efforts are starting to have a collective impact, with data showing positive reductions across serious violent crime categories.

This year to September 2021 (CYTD), compared to the same period prior to the pandemic in 2019, has seen:

  • Homicides decrease by 10% 
  • Knife crime decrease by 32% 
  • Knife crime with injury decrease by 20% 
  • Knife Injury (victims under 25 and non-domestic abuse) decrease by 27% 
  • Personal robbery decrease by 45% 
  • Personal robbery knife injury decrease by 36% 
  • Gun crime decrease by 36% 
  • Lethal barrel discharges decrease by 28% 

Despite these reductions, we are not complacent and know there is more to do. Our determination to tackle these crimes remains strong and we will continue to work with our partners, and use every power and tactic available, to serve and protect our communities. 

Communities also have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime and we urge anyone who may have information to tell us, so that we can tackle violence together. We need information about crime or those who carry a weapon, or those that exploit people for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives. 

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 websitehttps://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………….Published: Oct.21: 2021:

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