21/07/2011

Over 200 Officers In Operation Target Crackdown

As part of the Met's Operation Target, a major crackdown to disrupt criminal and anti-social group activity including youth violence, took place yesterday.

The operation, which is one of the most significant operations of its kind ever conducted by police in Camden, is a renewed drive to tackle youth violence, the supply of Class A drugs, and group anti-social behaviour in the Queens Crescent area with an aim to reduce crime and keep the community safe.

Over 200 police officers from the Metropolitan Police's Territorial Support Group, (TSG), the MPS Air Support Unit, Dog Support Unit, Camden Police's Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, Response officers, and officers from the Youth Violence Unit submerged across the Queens Crescent area, in north London detaining several suspects.

Around 5pm several arrests were made. The operation continued throughout the evening.

14 people were arrested on suspicion of offences including conspiracy to supply class-A drugs, conpiracy to rob, and possession of cannabis.

Those arrested were taken to central London police stations.

A weapons 'sweep' of the area was also conducted and several premises were searched, with suspected stolen property recovered, as well as a quantity of believed drugs.

Police will now be increasing patrols and enforcement in the area, using the Met's specialist resources, from the TSG to Dog Handlers. This will support local officers tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, allowing members of the community to go about their daily lives feeling more confident and safe.

(BMcN/GK)

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