Crackdown on criminals - Op Big Wing

27 February 2013

Stun Gun seized

As of midnight on 28 February officers working on Operation Big Wing have arrested 600 people across London.

The arrests have been for a range of offences including theft, possession of class A drugs, possession of class B drugs, possession with intent to supply, burglary, robbery, handling stolen goods and possession of an offensive weapon.

Highlights have included:

Officers arrested a man on suspicion of absconding from prison after he was found hiding in a loft at a house in Beckenham.

Acting on intelligence officers attended the address and arrested the 35-year-old man who was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

It is believed the man had absconded from an open prison in Kent in November 2009 and had been circulated as wanted since then.

Inquiries are continuing.

A search warrant was executed by Southwark Trident Gang Team at an address in Walworth, SE17, this morning.

Officers found approximately a half of a kilo of what is believed to be crack cocaine, evidence of its production, white powder - believed to be cutting agent - and around £3,000 cash.

A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody at a South London Police Station.

Officers working on Operation Big Wing have seized a number of items today including a CS canister and asp from an address in Kingston and a stun gun from an address in Waltham Forest.

Officers in Bromley have raided a cannabis factory and seized 80 plants.

In Kensington and Chelsea officers seized more than £35k of designer handbags and arrested a woman on suspicion for money laundering and theft

Kensington Safer Transport Teams has recovered cash and six suspected stolen bikes and cash.

In Greenwich there have been 27 arrests for a variety of offences from burglary to GBH and possession of drugs, 82 vehicles stopped in ANPR operations, four of which were seized for no insurance and no MOT. A total of 950 people went through a knife arch outside a school today in Abbey Wood. No knifes recovered.

In Brent 86 vehicles have been stopped in an ANPR operation and seven vehicles seized so far. A knife arch also has been erected at a school in Brent

Officers executing a search warrant at an address in Westminster this morning seized a Porsche as part of Operation Big Wing activity.

The vehicle has been taken away from the address pending further inquiries. No arrests at this stage.