Bexley Police help arrest 44 people in Operation Lockdown

PUBLISHED: 18:57 15 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:57 15 November 2013

Forty-four people were arrested in a joint police operation involving officers from Bexley against travelling criminals on Thursday.

Operation Lockdown saw people arrested for burglary, robbery, handling stolen goods, possession of an offensive weapon, possession with intent to supply drugs, theft, immigration offences and actual bodily harm.

Officers carried out a total of 762 stops, 238 searches and seized 40 vehicles for a variety of motoring offences during the operation.

A total of five stolen phones were recovered together with two knives and £5,500 in cash.

Officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify vehicles driven by suspected criminals.

Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, from the MPS, who coordinated the operation, said: “We are determined to disrupt criminals who use the road network to commit crime.

“Operations like this ensure that we can stop and effectively disrupt these individuals and prevent their movement across London and into neighbouring counties.”

He added: “ANPR is an effective and intelligent tool that allows us to target known criminals and those who are wanted for serious offences.

“Thursday’s operation showed how this can work to catch offenders and make communities safer.”

Officers from Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Croydon, Southwark, Wandsworth and Bexley boroughs worked together to disrupt travelling criminals and preventing cross-border crime.

These officers worked alongside Kent, Surrey and British Transport Police,

Latest Ilford Stories

The Hammers hold the Blues in London derby showdown by Yarmolenko miss will haunt them

Yesterday, 12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Yesterday, 11:04

Redbridge turned their fortunes round in the second-half to nick a late 3-2 victory against Southend Manor.

Almost a year ago I wrote in this paper about my fears for families facing migration from old benefits to Universal Credit amidst the government’s “clumsy” rollout, which was causing “homelessness and hunger wherever it goes”.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

National League: Harrogate Town 0 Leyton Orient 3

Saturday, September 22, 2018

National League: Eastleigh 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Emma Isherwood netted two second-half penalty flicks as Havering opened the East Two South East season with a derby win at Campion School.


Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now