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Police officers make 10 arrests for drugs and weapon offences in Ilford town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:49 30 May 2017

Members of the Ilford Town Centre policing team seized a number of knives and other weapons in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the area this weekend. Photo: @MPSRedbridge

Members of the Ilford Town Centre policing team seized a number of knives and other weapons in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the area this weekend. Photo: @MPSRedbridge

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Police officers seized a number of large knives and other weapons and arrested ten people during a crackdown in Ilford this weekend.

The operation was carried out in an attempt to stop new criminals moving into the area in the wake of the conviction of an Armenian and Afghan drug gang operating out of the station earlier this year.

Sgt Lee Wilkinson, of the Met’s Ilford Town Centre Team, told the Recorder the weapon seizures were a result of a proactive operation targeting anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in the area.

He said: “Following the success of Operation Parish last year, we’re keen to ensure that other groups don’t take the opportunity to fill the vacuum that was created.

“This operation was intended to disrupt those groups who may be seeking to do that.”

Members of the Ilford Town Centre policing team seized a number of knives and other weapons in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the area this weekend. Photo: @MPSRedbridgeMembers of the Ilford Town Centre policing team seized a number of knives and other weapons in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the area this weekend. Photo: @MPSRedbridge

In total the Ilford Town Centre team made 10 arrests, for drugs possession and possession of knives among other offences.

“The operation demonstrated the effectiveness of Stop & Search and how it can prevent serious violent crime and save lives.

“We’ll be continuing these operations over coming months to target those who think supplying drugs and carrying weapons in Ilford is acceptable.”

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