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Havering police hold “day of action” targeting drug dealing

Havering Council joined officers in engaging with the local community 

Police in Havering have held a “day of action” targeting drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

Officers seized Class A and B drugs from 12 people, seized two vehicles with no insurance and recovered a stolen vehicle on Tuesday, 25 May. 

They also arrested a 16-year-old male on suspicion of robbery. He has since been released on bail to return on a date in mid-June. 

Havering Council worked alongside officers to engage with local people at 196 addresses.

Council officers gave residents letters encouraging them to approach their local ward officers and the council about issues relating to drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour. 

Police Sergeant Richard Ruane, said: “The sale and use of drugs can have a hugely negative effect on the quality of life for local residents and businesses, not to mention the limiting effects that drug use or a criminal record can have on the potential futures of our young people.

“The links between drug offences and other types of crime are well documented; we aim to reduce the wider crime by tackling drugs at dealer level, but also by raising awareness with local people and encouraging them to come forward if they have information about drug-related crime.

“We understand the effect that crime and anti-social behaviour can have on feelings of personal safety for many residents and encourage anyone who has concerns not to suffer in silence, but to contact their local policing team.”

Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, said: “It’s great to see our officers working with the Metropolitan Police to tackle drugs and anti-social behaviour in the borough.

“These days of action highlight how we can all work together to keep Havering a safe and clean place for everyone.”

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