The operation took place last Monday and Tuesday (credit: Essex Police)
Officers from Essex Police and Metropolitan Police worked together during two days of action last week, which saw suspects for drug-driving, assaults, and burglaries among those detained, mainly in Havering and Thurrock.
Among the 43 arrests on Monday, 13 July and Tuesday, 14 July were 24 that were carried out in Essex.
Essex Police said those arrested by its officers included:
• A 24-year-old man from Tilbury, who was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a 33-year-old man was struck by a car in Langthorne Crescent, Grays, on Tuesday 14 July. The victim was not injured. The suspect has been released under investigation.
• Five people who were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs.
• 10 people who were arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of vehicles.
• Eight people who were arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
Nine stolen vehicles, including a Range Rover, were also recovered.
#HJTF worked #OpGambler this week which targets criminals crossing our borders with @EssexPoliceUK
43 people stopped & arrested! 9 stolen vehicles found! That’s 266 arrests total! Thanks #EAVSU #EATaskForce @EPRoadsPolicing @MetTaskforce ? ? @EssexSpecials @EPDogSection
— Havering MPS. #StayAtHomeSaveLives (@MPSHavering) July 16, 2020
Matt Hine, Road Crime Manager for Essex Police, said: “These operations have been really successful in targeting criminals, taking weapons off the streets, and in some cases preventing crime before it’s happened.
“During these patrols, we’ve also pulled people over for driving offences and have identified further, more serious offences.
“These operations are just part of the work we’re doing every day to keep people safe and how we work with other police forces to identify and target offenders.”
So far in 2020, operations focused on the Thurrock and Havering border have resulted in more than 260 arrests.
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