Camden and Islington officers swoop on gang members
October 15, 2014, 4:35 pm
During early morning raids today, Wednesday, 15 October, officers from Camden supported by Territorial Support Group (TSG) and Trident Gang Command searched 20 addresses across WC1, EC1 and N5 postcodes.
Operation Razor evolved following concerns raised by the local community. The operation was developed by Camden Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) to tackle violent crime, drugs and the carrying of weapons.
Today’s arrests follow four months of coordinated evidence gathering by officers from Camden Borough supported by police colleagues from across the Met.
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So far today (08:10hrs) 13 people have been arrested and a quantity of class A and B drug, a number of mobile phones and a quantity of cash have been recovered.
Those arrested remain in custody at a central London police station whilst further searches and enquiries continue.
The last four months under Operation Razor have seen weapon sweeps on the south of the borough recover more than 100 weapons.
Information from the community has identified spots likely to be used to ‘stash’ weapons for use in criminality, this prompted painstaking searches that yielded significant results. Weapons uncovered by officers included Knives and Samurai swords.
T/Detective Superintendent Raffaele D’Orsi said: “Through today’s operation I want to send a clear message to those who seek to peddle misery in the form of class A and B drugs or feel that the carriage or use of offensive weapons is acceptable, and that such criminality will not be tolerated in London.
“Belonging to any gang with criminal intent in Camden will put you firmly in the sights of my officers and no matter where you live we will relentlessly pursue you through proactive investigations such as this to keep the community safe. Members of gangs such as the ‘Easy Cash’ are invariably men and women of violence and form a criminal entity who engage in drug dealing, robbery and serious assaults. As such they should not be surprised when all opportunities are taken to bring them before the courts.
“We will continue to work with Camden and Islington partners to prevent young people from joining gangs in the first place. Although most young people in Camden and Islington are law-abiding, good citizens, we understand the need to continue to support diversionary activity out of gangs.”
Officers will be leafleting homes in and around the south Camden and Islington area with details of today’s operation.
Camden Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) South Cluster Inspector Michael O’Donoghue said: “The Easy Cash thought they were untouchable in their criminal activities and that the normal rules of society didn’t apply to them. The fact they chose to openly deal class-A drugs from a children’s play area shows the total disregard they had for the community they live in. This was a lengthy and complex investigation by South cluster NPT and detectives and it will show that there is no hiding place for those who choose to use violence and deal drugs on the streets of London.”