#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: Sadly a man in his twenties has died at the scene. His next of kin has been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers: An 18-year-old man and two 19-year-old men, all from Reading, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody.
#AceDailyNews reports on Thames Valley Crime Unit Launch a murder investigation launched in Reading at around 10.40pm yesterday (31/10), officers were called to Romany Lane, Tilehurst to reports of a stabbing and three arrested on suspicion of murder
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, of the Major Crime Unit, said: “We have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man last night: Our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this difficult time: We are currently in the early stages of this investigation and three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder: At this time we believe that this was a targeted incident and that there is no risk to the wider public: A scene watch is in place in Romany Lane and local residents will see an increased police presence whilst we continue with the investigation.
“If anyone has any concerns please speak to one of our uniformed officers: Anyone with information that may help our investigation can make a report by calling 101 or online, quoting reference 43210492275: Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”
#AceNewsReport – Nov.01: The victim was punched several times and sustained bruising to his face and head. He attended hospital for treatment: The offenders are described as two white men in their fifties. One was wearing a Liverpool football shirt and the other man was wearing a khaki jacket….
#AceDailyNews reports on a Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Oxford between midnight and 1am on Wednesday 24 October a man was assaulted by two unknown men inside The Baron bar in Cowley Road whilst trying to help another man who had also been assaulted by the same men.
Investigating officer, PC Ffion Mount, based at Oxford police station, said: “I am appealing for witnesses to this incident, or anyone who has information, to please come forward: I am particularly keen to speak to the other man who was being helped by the victim from the initial assault.
“Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210481779: Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: All those arrested have been taken to police stations in London and Hampshire. The Metropolitan Police Service lead the investigation:
The operation involved more than 150 officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police.
MET Proactive Unit Officers: Arrests have been made as police target county lines networks: ‘A total of eight addresses were targeted simultaneously across London, Hampshire and Berkshire. Three men and two women, aged between 20 and 40 years old, have been arrested on suspicion of offences including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and modern slavery’
[Officers on this morning’s raids]
Searches of the addresses continue but officers have so far found a machete, Class B drugs and a rapier sword.
The investigation was launched in January this year after officers identified a ring of people involved in widespread drug supply across the southeast of England through county lines.
The early stages of the investigation led officers to believe young children and extremely vulnerable adults were being used to deal drugs along the county lines. They secured evidence to suggest these individuals were being held against their will in order to clear debts owed to the group.
The investigating team worked tirelessly to identify suspects through CCTV, ANPR and extensive cell phone analysis. The operation has so far resulted in four young children and vulnerable people being rescued. They are currently being looked after by specialist officers.
Sergeant Tom Freeman from the Met’s Proactive Gangs Unit, which leads the investigation, said: “This morning’s activity is a culmination of months of hard work by officers across three different police forces. The operation focused on rescuing children and vulnerable people who had no option to do as they were told through fear of violence from those controlling them: “ The evidence we’ve gathered leads us to believe they were being held against their will until they paid off debts they did not create in the first place. Those involved in this activity entirely manipulated the vulnerabilities of these individuals for their own financial gain – a common trait of county lines lineholders: “ We know county lines activity is closely linked to violence we see on the streets of London and other parts of the United Kingdom. Not only have we rescued vulnerable people from violence and exploitation, but by disrupting this drug supply line we’ve destroyed the business model of this group and hopefully prevented violent incidents occurring in the future.”
Inspector Richard Lane from Hampshire Constabulary, which supported the operation, said: “County lines and its associated violence can cause misery in our communities, and it is right that we put significant effort into dismantling these networks and safeguarding vulnerable people who have been exploited in this trade: “ We will continue to work with our partners to identify those responsible and target these drug dealing networks in north Hampshire and across the force area.”
Detective Inspector John Wordsworth, from Thames Valley Police, which aided the operation, said: “County lines drugs has a significant impact on our communities and often those who profit from drugs are exploiting children and vulnerable adults in order to do so: “ We are committed to tackling county lines drugs and this operation should be a reminder that police forces will work together across borders in order to stop this pernicious activity: “ We will also continue to work in partnership to protect those who are exploited by county lines drugs gangs: “ The public also have an important role to play in providing information that can assist us in dismantling county lines drugs lines and also safeguard vulnerable individuals.”
The below were arrested following the warrants:
[A] a 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs and on suspicion of money laundering.
[B] a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.
[C] a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.
[D] a 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.
[E] a 20-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.