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Weapons seized and arrests made during organised crime operation

The two weapons that police have taken off the streets

Two large knives have been seized during a police operation tackling organised crime across Havering, Barking and Dagenham, and Redbridge.

The weapons were snatched by officers, during a series of raids that were carried out this morning.

The operation was carried out as part of an ongoing investigation into an organised criminal network, which is believed to be concerned in the supply of controlled drugs across the local area.

Five raids were carried out. Two were in Barking and Dagenham, with one each in Havering, Redbridge, and Essex.

The five warrants resulted in two arrests, one in Havering and one in Barking and Dagenham: 

Two men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. Both remain in custody at this time pending further enquiries, police say.

Detective Sergeant Luke Hampton said: “We have arrested two men this morning who are believed to be concerned in the supply of what many people perceive to be a harmless recreational drug, but it doesn’t end there.

“There is a significant burden placed on communities by the drug trade and the associated violence and use of weapons that goes with it. Our actions in recent weeks and in the future will continue to challenge that culture and ultimately improve the quality of life for our local residents and businesses.”

Detective Superintendent Paul Trevers said: “Today’s arrests demonstrate our continued commitment to reducing violence, drug use and supply and the misery that they cause to local communities.

“Significant disruption has been caused to a drugs network and two weapons have been removed from unsafe hands and can longer be used to cause harm or intimidate others.”

Detective Inspector Yasmin Lalani, who leads the East Area Command Gangs Unit, said: “Drugs are a common factor in gang violence. Through operations such as the one conducted today, we are determined to disrupt and destroy drug markets throughout our boroughs clearing a path to brighter futures for our youngsters.”

The Met says the public plays a huge role in helping to both prevent and detect crime, and help and support from local communities is vital in tackling the problem.

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