Operation Hawk sees police mount drugs raids across Islington

15:11 20 September 2012

Police approach a flat on the Andover Estate, Holloway

Police approach a flat on the Andover Estate, Holloway


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.

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