London news Crackdown on Croydon 'gang war which triggered a spate of stabbings' Uk news
MetiNews.Com - "It is about the people of Croydon, they want us to disrupt this crime and violence and drug dealing"
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. Inspector Katie Woods says more than 100 stop and searches have also been carried out so far in the area. The fact the police unit has been based right in the heart of the neighbourhood at Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) in London Road, has made it easier to have a presence. Insp Woods says: "We can see drug dealers a lot more easily, the plus to us being here is it really makes us visible. "At the moment the community tells us they are very happy to have stop and search, all the officers wear body worn cameras and so far we have had no complaints. "It is about the people of Croydon, they want us to disrupt this crime and violence and drug dealing. That is the focus of this, everybody wants us to deal with it."
Officers on patrol in West Croydon as part of Operation Cleveland
On the beat with officers I joined a shift with police constables Chris Brown and Jade Tucker who have been working on Operation Cleveland. On the day I join them they take a route around London Road and the surrounding housing to look for any stashed drugs and weapons. They say that dealers are known to keep drugs in coffee cups and drugs are stashed in all sorts of places which they are checking on a daily basis - This includes gutters, bins, bushes and even fruit and veg stalls outside shops. An alleyway off London Road is littered with small snap bags and the pair know it is a place a group of dealers use to store their drugs. Here, they have found bags hidden on flat roofs and even under the floor boards of the communal area of housing they gained access to. Last week, the pair found two knives and drugs in a garage off Derby Road they had checked just the day before. "They can change it every single day, and we've got to be on our feet," says PC Tucker. She adds that drugs and knives have been found stashed in gardens and the play areas off in the estate off Tamworth Road and the Handcroft Road Estate.
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