Search

Operation Hawk sees police mount drugs raids across Islington

PUBLISHED: 15:11 20 September 2012

Police approach a flat on the Andover Estate, Holloway

Police approach a flat on the Andover Estate, Holloway

Archant

Police have mounted home raids across Islington today as part of a major crack down on drug-related crime.

Officers have so far entered 10 addresses and made 16 arrests, seizing quantities of cannabis, crack cocaine and crystal meth.

About 130 officers will take part in searches, which began at midnight and run for 24 hours as part of the city-wide Operation Hawk initiative.

The Gazette joined one early morning raid on the Andover Estate, off Hornsey Road, Holloway, where two suspects were arrested, a middle-aged woman and a 20-year-old man.

Suspected crack cocaine was recovered after it was thrown out of a window within seconds of police storming the property at about 7.30am.

Ch Insp Richard Padwell, of Islington Police, said: “It’s about enforcement around drugs and we in Islington are really taking this seriously.”

Sgt Kevin Blenkinsopp, in charge of the Islington Neighbourhood Support Team, said: “This is a massive operation, involving 130 officers through the 24-hour period, which will have a significant impact.”

The arrests made so far are for offences including possession of class A and B drugs, possession with intent to supply class A drugs, handling stolen goods, abstraction of electricity and dangerous dogs.

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 16:29

Campaigners hoping to stop the demolition of Victorian homes in their Finsbury Park street have come out fighting after plans were officially submitted by developers.

Yesterday, 11:17

Police are searching for a man who has gone missing from Islington.

Yesterday, 10:32

When three mums set up the Essex Road Pre-School in an old launderette next to the Marquess Estate in 1977, they didn’t expect it to be going strong 40 years later.

Thu, 18:55

A headteacher leaving Montem Primary School after a decade at the helm believes staff and students are set for an exciting new chapter.

Thu, 18:22

A serial-fraudster will spend four years behind bars following a scam in which he posed as a jet-setting businessman dealing in fine wine and champagne.

Thu, 16:05

A Finsbury Park pensioner has been waiting 18 months for repairs to his house after gas workers left the job half done.

Thu, 14:34

After 32 years and 5,000 tenants, the old YMCA hostel in Errol Street has been demolished. Not many at the charity will miss it.

Thu, 11:15

Ninety knives – including machetes and meat cleavers – have been given up to police in the space of six weeks.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now