Police find knives in Wanstead drug raid
PUBLISHED: 16:15 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 10 November 2017
Police found two knives and a “punch knife” during an early morning drugs raid in Wanstead.
On Wednesday (November 8) officers armed with warrants searched a number of properties on the Hermitage Estate, Snaresbrook Road.
The raids were part of a proactive police operation after a rise in drug and violent crime over the past 12 months.
Officers also conducted a weapons sweeps of the grounds behind Rivenhall Gardens and Bradwell Close.
Two knives and a ‘punch knife’ were found concealed at these locations and seized by police.
Evidence of other offences were discovered and are being further investigated by police.
Four people were charged and a fifth was released under investigation.
Three appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court where they were remanded in custody to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on a future date and the fourth was bailed to appear at Barkingside at a later date.
A police spokesman said: “Police have listened to concerns raised about this behaviour, gathered intelligence and have now taken positive action to deal with the individuals who bring violence, drugs and anti-social behaviour to the estate.
“The operation specifically targeted premises of persons suspected of involvement in these types of crimes, and in particularly drugs which fuels violence. “