Joint Police Action Success in Bloomsbury & Covent Garden

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A joint police and council operation swung into action culminating in ninety-one arrests and cutting anti-social behaviour in the Camden and City of Westminster border area. Click title for full story

11 February 2004
Cutting Crime Together

A joint police and council operation swung into action culminating in ninety-one arrests and cutting anti-social behaviour in the Camden and City of Westminster border area.

The operation, codenamed Methane, saw council and police staff from both Camden and Westminster working side by side. For one week teams targeted those dealing and using drugs, street robbers and other criminals adversely affecting local resident’s quality of life.

Targeting Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia officers used a mix of tactics to deal with these crimes, including raiding addresses and high visibility policing.

Working with Council enforcement teams meant that police could draw on their powers to solve other problems.

Officers recovered £10,000 worth of cocaine from an address in Covent Garden after a Methane raid on 4th February 2004. On 7th February 2004 a stop in the street led officers to recover fifty-one rocks of crack cocaine from a suspect.

On 5th February 2004 two Police Community Support Officers out on patrol as part of the operation in the Charing Cross Road witnessed a knifepoint robbery. The duo quickly intervened detaining the two suspects and caring for the victim until local officers arrived. The two men have been arrested for robbery.

Chief Inspector Andy McKechnie, from West End Central Police Station was in overall charge of the operation. He said:
“We are here to deal with the crimes and problems that make living in these areas unpleasant for our local residents. Through cross border working we are able to more effectively target those committing crimes in this area. Criminals do not recognise boundaries and neither should we.

“Those dealing and buying drugs are committing crimes, making the area feel unsafe and act as a magnet for other criminal activity. Working in conjunction with drug treatment teams we hope to bring about a longer-term solution to this problem on our streets. Local residents will not tolerate it and neither will we.”

Operation Methane started on 4th February and culminated on 10th February 2004. Further operations of this nature are running in the future and close liaison amongst all the partners will continue, this will be under the umbrella of the West End Drugs Partnership.

Bulletin 2004/0012
Source: http://www.met.police.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2004_0012

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