London gun crackdown as police seize stash of firearms and knives in raids across capital

Police are 'powerless' against gun crime says former Met officer

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And the Met has warned criminals they will stop at nothing to get dangerous weapons off the streets of the Capital. Officers backed up by firearms specialists arrested 12 people in north London after raids at a total of 16 addresses in the London boroughs of Haringey and Enfield, as part of a two-year investigation into the sale of illegal firearms, ammunition and controlled drugs.

Also in the Enfield borough, three people believed to be part of an organised criminal network responsible for a non-fatal shooting in April were arrested in Edmonton.

Furthermore, seven addresses in Brent and Hertfordshire were raided by officers from the Specialist Crime Command as part of an ongoing probe into gang members suspected of committing aggravated burglaries.

Further enquiries are continuing in an effort to identify more offenders.

South of the river, detectives executed four warrants, resulting in the arrest of three men for offences including possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

More warrants and arrest enquiries will continue across the capital in the coming days as part of a surge in activity to tackle violent crime and firearms which got underway on Monday.

Detective Superintendent Nick Blackburn said: “It was a busy morning for Met officers in all corners of London who were up since the very early hours making arrest enquiries and executing warrants as part of our ongoing work to reduce violent crime.

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To say we take violent crime seriously is an understatement

Detective Superintendent Nick Blackburn

“As part of this week tackling firearms offences, six suspected firearms and numerous knives have already been seized and in excess of 20 arrests made.

“To say we take violent crime seriously is an understatement.

“We are seeing some great results and have been actively taking dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals who are intent on causing significant harm.

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While hailing the success, Mr Blackburn acknowledged there was “lots more work to do” – and told violent offenders there would be no let-up.

He explained: “We must reassure Londoners that our capital city remains one of the safest global cities in the world.

“Manhunts and arrest enquiries will continue to locate further high harm offenders.

“Members of the public can assist us in helping to reduce violent crime, stabbings and shootings by reporting any information they have, either to the police or to Crimestoppers.

“We cannot police our way out of this and need members of the communities we serve to assist us.

“Reducing violence in London is a team effort between the police and the public.”

Members of the public with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

There were 1,950 incidents involving gun crime in London in 2019/2020, down more than 400 on the 2,380 recorded in the previous year, according to the Statista website.

However, high profile victims so far this hear have included of Taylor Cox, 19, who was shot dead in Islington on June 8, and Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who is still in hospital after being shot in the head at a party in Peckham.

Police believe she was caught in the crossfire rather than being the victim of a targeted attack.

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