Drugs Seized and Arrests Made in "Crime Blitz" in W12

Operation Breeze involves 70 police and council officers

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A suspected drug dealer was arrested and drugs and illegal tobacco seized during a large scale police and council operation against crime and antisocial behaviour in Shepherd's Bush and White City.

Operation Breeze saw 70 police and council officers carrying out a variety of crime-busting initiatives on Tuesday, May 7.

Officers were deployed across 12 locations, each with a different objective or problem to tackle ranging from dog marking to detecting drugs and littering patrols.

30 people were stopped and searched by the Police drugs dogs unit at Shepherd's Bush underground station and one man was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Six other people had small quantities of cannabis confiscated and two further arrests were made for fare evasion and immigration offences. A knife arch was also used at the same location and in total, 52 people were stopped and searched throughout the day.

The council’s licensing team visited a number of off-licences and seized 200 illegal tobacco cones that could have been used for the consumption of drugs.

Street scene enforcement officers were also out in force as part of the council’s new campaign, which it is calling the Big Clean Up. They issued a total of 36 fixed penalty offences for littering offences.

In addition over 100 people visited a crime prevention stall and were given various different types of crime prevention advice and equipment.  There were car crime patrols in key hotspot areas with 24 people advised and a weapons sweep of Australia Road and White City Close, though nothing was found.

PS Ross Martyn, says: " The operation was a huge success the results speak for themselves.  We aim to run similar operations on a monthly basis each with its own focus on a different type of crime. Operations like this show that the Police and Council can work to tackle joint problems efficiently together."


May 9, 2013