Police and Council launch drugs operation with dawn raids

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The council and Tower Hamlets Police today officially launched Operation Continuum - a partnership initiative to tackle drug dealing and drug use across the borough.

It started with a series of five dawn raids in Shadwell in which four people were arrested and bags of money were seized along with a top of the range Range Rover.

This is on top of other successes over the past 10 weeks when the partners, including Tower Hamlets Homes, have been using intelligence and covert surveillance to pin point suspected drug dealers. This has resulted in a further 19 people being arrested and charged for drug supply or possession, 84 Antisocial Behaviour Warnings being issued, nine houses being searched and five vehicles being seized.

Operation Continuum also involves the council providing visible community reassurance and support to residents. Over the next seven days, this will include working with residents to follow up reports of antisocial behaviour; detached youth workers to offer young people support and positive activities to take part in; providing support for any vulnerable people identified as homeless or those needing treatment for addiction; and the council’s Clean and Green Team will be cleaning up graffiti.

Detective Superintendant Mark Broom of Tower Hamlets Police said:

“Shadwell is the first area we are focusing on as part of Operation Continuum which will run across the whole borough.

“We are partnering with Tower Hamlets Council and landlords to catch drug dealers, support our communities and create a safer environment for everyone.

“Residents have told us they want a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and that is what we are doing. Drug dealers in Tower Hamlets should know that Operation Continuum is coming after you.”

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“By working with the police we can use our combined powers to better address this problem. As Mayor I am committed to tackling this.

“Residents are at the heart of our approach. That is why Tower Hamlets Council will have a mobile unit here for the next seven days to support them. Our work will include youth workers, helping homeless people and those suffering addiction and longer-term issues as well as making physical changes to our streets to make them safer.”

Councillor Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety added:

“Our partnership work maximises our resources and will help to stamp out drug dealing, which is a plague across London.

“Residents have told us where there are hotspots of drug dealing and crime, and we know that through partnership working we can be safer together.” 

Find out more about Operation Continuum.

Posted on Thursday 14th December 2017