A total of 39 arrests have been made following a large scale police operation in Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing.
Over a two day period (25 and 26 August) officers targeting violent crime used search warrants, patrols and weapons sweeps in areas they regarded as hot spots, as well as using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to target vehicles believed to be linked to violent crime.
The 39 arrests were made on suspicion of burglary, robbery, rape, possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and assaults including Grievous Bodily Harm and Actual Bodily Harm.
Police seized more than £2,000 in cash, three knifes and drugs including 50 wraps of believed to be heroine and crack cocaine and 50 wraps believed to be cannabis.
“Important information” may lead to further arrests
Detective Inspector Andy Thrower, who led the operation, said:
“We’ve had fantastic results, with 39 individuals arrested, as well as a quantity of drugs and cash being recovered. We have also discovered important intelligence which may lead to further arrests … currently being investigated by detectives”.
‘Operation Perigree’ involved officers from several police units, including West Area Basic Command Unit local, West Area Gangs Unit, West Area Violence Suppression Unit and Territorial Support Group (TSG).
DI Thrower added:
“This was a proactive operation which not only focused on enforcement, but also prevention and engagement; elements which are all integral in reducing violent crime”.
Officers conduct talked to young people they believe to be at high risk and ‘highlighted various diversionary opportunities and charities’ they could be involved in rather than being runners for gangs.
They will be holding some interactive knife crime awareness and intervention sessions in the coming weeks.
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