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"

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"

London news  Crackdown on Croydon 'gang war which triggered a spate of stabbings' Uk news
24 February 2021 - 08:32

Breaking News ! Get FREE email updates for South LondonI'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Crime rates across London have been low throughout the coronavirus pandemic which made a horrific spate of stabbings two weeks ago in Croydon all the more shocking. On the weekend of February 5, a nightmare of 14 serious violent crimes hit across London, eight of them in Croydon. They included the murder of a 22-year-old in Selhurst, a stabbing on Purley Way, a man stabbed with a screwdriver in Dingwall Road, two stabbings in Croydon and another in London Road. The spate of unconnected crimes turned into the busiest night the inspector in charge had seen in his career. The Monday after, Croydon Police launched Operation Cleveland in a bid to crack down on the drug dealing and violence in West Croydon - the end of town where an astonishing 30 per cent of the borough's total of violent crimes take place. London Road especially is a drug-dealing hotspot. Police think it's because it's so well connected by train and bus. What's it like living in the London Road area of Croydon? Stories to tara.o'connor@reachplc.com Some of the wraps of cannabis confiscated by officers in West Croydon Operation Cleveland A major police operation was already planned but suddenly took on a much greater urgency after the stabbings. In the two weeks it has been running, a total of 87 arrests have been made and 34 weapons have been recovered from weapons sweeps and stop and searches.

. 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. Read More Related Articles

Source = MetiNews.Com

This news 22 hits received.

London news Crackdown on Croydon 'gang war which triggered a spate of stabbings' Uk news


London news Crackdown on Croydon 'gang war which triggered a spate of stabbings' Uk news


London news Crackdown on Croydon 'gang war which triggered a spate of stabbings' Uk news


London news Crackdown on Croydon 'gang war which triggered a spate of stabbings' Uk news

COMMENTS

  • 0 Comment
Last News
MAY INTEREST YOU x
Last transfer news  Brendan Rodgers: 'John Kennedy will stabilise Celtic' Breaking sport news
Last transfer news Brendan Rodgers: 'John Kennedy will stabilise...
Breaking Premier League  Abraham 'not keen in talks over new Chelsea contract while club chase Haaland' Premier league news
Breaking Premier League Abraham 'not keen in talks over new...