16/02/2012

Over 500 Arrested By Anti Gang Squad Last Week

A total of 515 gang-related arrests have been made along with weapons, drugs and cash seizures by a newly formed anti-gang police team.

More than half of those arrested by the Trident Gang Crime Command in last week's three-day operation across London have been charged with a variety of offences ranging from GBH and possession of firearms to violent disorder and assault.

The operation involved almost 5,000 Metropolitan Police officers and staff.

A further 186 individuals have been bailed pending further investigation, while seventeen others received cautions.

Eight penalty notices, one final warning, and three reprimands were also issued.

A large number of weapons were seized including 14 guns, 37 knives and other bladed articles and 25 other weapons including CS canisters, a cross bow, a Samurai sword, 17 coshes/metal bars and one dangerous dog.

Firearms included a sawn off shot gun, eight hand guns (two semi-automatic), three imitation firearms, a taser and a gas-powered gun.

Officers also seized a huge haul of drugs including half a kilo of crack/cocaine and uncovered four cannabis factories.

Det Chief Supt Stuart Cundy, Commander for the new Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "We are absolutely delighted that the carefully planned three days of operations have yielded such excellent results.

"The number of arrests and seizures of firearms sends a clear message to those who persist in gang violence that we will pursue them relentlessly, using all the options at our disposal. But I would reiterate that we want to prevent young people getting involved in gang offending.

Over a quarter of a million pounds cash was recovered during the operation, as well as more than 25 vehicles, including a £40,000 Mercedes.

Top gang member targets on all 32 boroughs were visited across the three days, and aside from raids, other deployments included 470 weapons sweeps, 29 knife arches, covert operations including directed stop and search, and high visibility patrols outside secondary schools across 13 key boroughs.

(DW/GK)

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