Drugs, dogs and weapons the target in police swoop

PUBLISHED: 17:17 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:21 02 October 2013

The two day operation saw police seize a dangerous dog

The two day operation saw police seize a dangerous dog


Drugs, dangerous dogs and weapons were targeted by police in a two day co-ordination crackdown.

Officers swooped on homes across Islington on September 19 and 20 in operation Red Kite - part of a London-wide bid to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

During the raids, police executed and dangerous dogs warrant and seized a pitbull type animal from an address in Sapperton Court in Gee Street, Finsbury.

They also carried out drugs warrants in Canonbury Grove, Canonbury, and Elia Street, Islington, where drugs related paraphernalia was seized.

Officers searched for guns, knives and other weapons in parks and public spaces in the south of the borough as well as spots thought to be dumping grounds for mopeds used in robberies and phone snatches.

No weapons were recovered, but police say they got some useful intelligence from the sweeps.

And in another strand of the operation, PCSO’s patrolled Old Street, in Finsbury and Essex Road in Islington to warn people about the dangers of mobile phone snatches.

Debbie Pierson, from Islington’s newly-created south cluster policing team, said: “A variety of activities took place, representing our continued commitment to work with partner agencies to further reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in response to the concerns of our local communities.”

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety, said: “There’s no place for crime and anti-social behaviour in Islington, and we will tackle it head-on.

“This operation shows again that we will take decisive action with police against the small minority who cause problems in our community.”

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