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Havering Joint Task Force arrests more than 100 people in first six months

Councillor Damian White, Inspector Rob McElroy and the rest of the Havering Joint Task Force (credit: Havering Council) 

A team of five police officers, funded by Havering Council, has seized more than £1 million worth of stolen vehicles and arrested over 100 people during their first six months of service. 

The Havering Joint Task Force was initially set up to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots across the borough. 

They have since detained 41 people for residential burglaries and 11 for possessing an offensive weapon. 

During that same period, they recovered 45 stolen vehicle and helped gather intelligence to identify those who took them. 

The squad has also been involved in the planning and execution of Operation Gambler which continues to target high harm offenders such as gang members, robbers, burglars and drug dealers.

The cross border initiative was set up by the Metropolitan Police and Essex Police and has led to the arrest of 269 individuals so far. 

Cllr White with the Havering Joint Task Force in Hornchurch (credit: Havering Council)

“I am really pleased that we found money in the budget to fund this team and give the police extra support fighting crime,” said the leader of Havering Council, Damian White. 

“From stopping burglaries to catching car thieves, these police officers, paid by Havering, for Havering, are making a real difference in the local community.”

The officers have also arrested one of the tri-borough’s highest profile offenders, who was wanted for seven different offences. 

They also took part in Operation Hemlock which helped crack down on vehicle thefts. One suspect arrested during the operation was involved in the theft of more than £3 million worth of vehicles. 

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