More than 200 of­fi­cers take part in dawn raids

Sev­eral ar­rests made in drugs op­er­a­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Danya Bazaraa danya.bazaraa@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON Po­lice were at the fore­front of dawn raids in which 18 peo­ple were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drug deal­ing, vi­o­lence and as­so­ci­ated crime.

More than 200 of­fi­cers from the Met, in­clud­ing the Ter­ri­to­rial Sup­port Group, Dog Sup­port Unit, Air Sup­port Unit and Tri­dent and Area Crime Com­mand, took part in the raids which be­gan at 5am on Wed­nes­day last week.

The in­tel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tion saw of­fi­cers carry out 22 search war­rants in Hayes, Green­ford, Southall and Northolt.

Of those ar­rested, 14 were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of sup­ply­ing drugs and three peo­ple were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply drugs, one of whom was also ar­rested on sus­pi­cion laun­der­ing.

All those ar­rested are be­tween 17 and 30 years old and re­main in cus­tody at var­i­ous west Lon­don po­lice sta­tions pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries.

Items seized so far in­clude quan­ti­ties of class A and class B drugs, about £2,000 in cash and a Range Rover.

Hilling­don Bor­ough Com­man­der, De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Nick Down­ing, said: “Last week’s in­ten­sive op­er­a­tion has cul­mi­nated from con­cerns, in­for­ma­tion and in­tel­li­gence gath­ered from the com­mu­nity.

“Lis­ten­ing to and act­ing on com­mu­nity con­cerns re­mains at the fore­front in our fight against crime. The ac­tion is tes­ti­mony to our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing the public and bring­ing of­fend­ers to jus­tice, and this work is by no means over.

“To­gether with our part­ner

of

money agen­cies and the com­mu­nity we are de­ter­mined to stop of­fend­ers in their tracks and pre­vent another vic­tim fall­ing into their hands. Our mes­sage is clear; if you are in­tent on com­mit­ting crime, you risk an early morn­ing wake up call from our team and a fu­ture be­hind bars.”

In the last two years po­lice in Hilling­don have con­ducted two sim­i­lar in­tel­li­gence-led oper­a­tions to dis­rupt and dis­man­tle crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in the bor­ough.

In Oc­to­ber 2013, 17 peo­ple were ar­rested and brought be­fore the courts fol­low­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous raids at ad­dresses in Hayes – most of those charged were jailed for the sup­ply of Class A drugs.

In May 2014, of­fi­cers car­ried out a se­ries of raids at The Vic­to­ria public house in North Hyde Road in Hayes and 14 residential ad­dresses across west Lon­don.

Sub­se­quently seven peo­ple were charged in con­nec­tion with drugs of­fences, theft and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and handed jail terms.

Ev­i­dence was pre­sented to Hilling­don Coun­cil re­gard­ing rou­tine drug deal­ing and vi­o­lence at The Vic­to­ria and as a re­sult the venue had its li­cence re­voked.

DE­TER­MINED: De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Nick Down­ing

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