A major intelligence-led operation targeting gangs in Haringey on Wednesday, 9 April, culminated in 18 arrests as part of the Metropolitan Police Service’s ongoing crackdown on gang crime across the capital.
The group of suspected gang members, aged between 16 and 28 years, were arrested in a two-phase operation which commenced last night and concluded following a series of dawn raids earlier today within Haringey borough.
At around 19.30hrs on Tuesday, 8 April 10 men were arrested in the Turnpike Lane area on suspicion of conspiring to supply Class A and B drugs.
Activity continued during the early hours of this morning, with seven warrants executed simultaneously at residential addresses throughout the borough.
This phase saw a further eight men arrested again for conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.
As part of their inquiries, officers have so far recovered a quantity of class A drugs, believed to be cocaine, a kilo of what is believed to be cannabis and a quantity of cash. Searches remain ongoing at this time.
More than 150 officers have been involved in the operation, made up of detectives from Haringey’s Gang Unit and Trident’s Central Gangs Unit, with the additional support of the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG). The operation was also supported by the MPS dogs unit, Mounted branch, Air Support Unit (ASU), SCO9 Financial Investigation Unit and local Safer Neighbourhoods Team officers.
Those targeted are believed to be ‘high harm’ individuals who are suspected of involvement in a series of crimes, including GBH and robbery offences.
All those arrested were taken to a north London police station.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Champion, Trident Central Gangs Unit, said: “This operation is another example of how we act upon information given to us about those involved in gang-related criminal activity.
“By working with the boroughs across London, Trident Gang Crime Command aims to prioritise, arrest and place before the courts those who commit gang-related crimes.
“The criminal activity of those arrested has blighted the local area, causing misery to residents and creating a hostile place to live due to the level of violence and anti-social behaviour displayed by these gang members.
“Working with officers from Haringey for the past three months we have conducted a total of 40 warrants and made 100 arrests of which 70 are known gang members. This has resulted in a significant reduction of serious youth violence, robbery, gun and knife crime.
“The Central Gangs Unit’s primary focus is to work with local communities, local authorities and other agencies to prevent young people from joining gangs. All those arrested today were offered the opportunity by Haringey borough to escape from gang culture.
“Those involved in gangs should also be aware that there is a way out and that there are people we can put them in touch with to help turn their lives around, from mentors, to education centres to potential employers.
“However, if you remain in a gang and if you continue to commit crime, then we will keep targeting you.”
Detective Superintendent Stephen Clayman, Haringey Borough, said: “The results from this collaboration between Haringey Police and Trident speak for themselves and this activity has the full support of our partners too, with whom they have been working closely. The street level drugs market often feeds anti-social behaviour and other violence, so it is important that we listen to our residents and take action where we can.”
“Haringey’s Community Safety Partnership has recently streamlined it’s offender management process and the new Integrated Gangs Unit now includes gangs workers, who will help those involved with gangs to see that there is an alternative lifestyle. We have a simple message to gang members: if you want to change we will help you; if you don’t we will challenge you through enforcement. Trident will continue to work very closely with the borough in the future.”
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhoods teams and the Mounted Branch will be carrying out additional patrols in the Turnpike Lane area and neighbouring wards throughout the rest of the day and speaking with local residents and businesses about today’s operation.
In the past three months, Trident and local officers have seized a quantity of class A drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin, a quantity of cash and a number of knives and handgun with ammunition during weapon sweeps conducted through local estates.
Working closely with local boroughs, Trident aims to tackle gang criminality in London by effective enforcement, suppression and proactive policing, working with partners to prevent offending and build safer communities.
If you have any information about gang crime or those involved call Crimestoppers – an independent charity – anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.