Manor Park person arrested in Class A dawn drug raids

Higher numbers of hate crimes have been reported in the borough. Picture: PA images

Higher numbers of hate crimes have been reported in the borough. Picture: PA images - Credit: PA images

Police have arrested 15 people on suspicion of being involved in the supply of drugs after a series of raids in the early hours of this morning.

A Manor Park individual was one of those taken into custody in an operation targeting drugs dealers and their networks.

Officers from the Greenwich Gang Unit, the Proactive Disruption Team, and the Violent and Organised Crime Unit carried out search warrants at addresses across the capital.

The drug sweep is part of a wider operation targeting Class A drug dealers operating in Greenwich, London and the south of England.

Motor vehicles, more than £30,000 in cash and high-value clothing were some of the items seized by police in recent months.

Nine of this morning’s arrests were made in Woolwich while the others took place in Charlton, Greenwich, Ilford, Redbridge, Bexley and Bromley. Individuals were taken into custody at various police stations.

Commander Simon Dobinson, Greenwich Borough, said he hoped the “successful operation” would show the public that drug-dealing “will not be tolerated”.

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He said: “Drug dealers are harmful to our communities and take advantage of vulnerable people. They wreck lives.

“This operation and others like it disrupt the dealers and dent their ability to continue in their criminal activity.

“The arrest of these people has been achieved not only through police investigation, but also through the intelligence received from the community who we are indebted to.”

Anyone with further information about criminal activity is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.