Continuing the fight against drug dealers
31 October 2012
Drug dealers in Kensington and Chelsea are being targeted week in week out by police undertaking dawn raids as part of Operation Hawk.
More than 25 people have been arrested by police for a variety of offences including drug dealing, robbery, burglary, money laundering and handling stolen goods. Officers have seized more than £10,000 in cash together with various amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis as well as recovering items of stolen property.
In the last six weeks, 39 drugs warrants have been executed at 48 homes and addresses across the borough by Safer Neighbourhoods teams, supported by officers from the Borough Support Unit and detectives from the robbery and burglary squad against those who are believed to be engaged in in the supply, use and production of drugs and criminal activity.
Last week two operations involved officers from Hans Town, Royal Hospital, Brompton, Norland, Notting Barns and St Charles Safer Neighbourhoods teams, who executed search warrants at addresses in both Chelsea and Notting Hill, resulting in two arrests for possession of cocaine and cannabis, the seizure of more than £400 cash as well as an arrest for an assault on a police officer.
Operation Hawk, places the emphasis on local Safer Neighbourhoods teams to tackle local crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour by responding to local community information and intelligence.
Gareth Davies, Kensington and Chelsea Safer Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector, said: "Operation Hawk is being undertaken by all our Safer Neighbourhoods teams across the borough. As soon as they receive information or intelligence about suspected criminal activity and behaviour in their community they will verify the information before taking operational action. This may include executing a search warrant or enforcing the breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).
"We would ask anyone who has any information about criminal or anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood to contact their local Safer Neighbourhoods team either directly by phone or e-mail or through our non-emergency 101 number. Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You make the call, we'll make it stop."