A MAJOR police operation to crackdown on unruly behaviour in Uxbridge has been hailed a success.
Last night (Tuesday) more than 70 officers took part in the operation which was organised alongside Liquid nightclub in the town centre, which was holding an under-18s disco.
A knife detection screening arch was set up outside the Civic Centre, at 6pm and officers screened 170 people.
Five people were arrested in the operation for a number of offences, one including drink driving.
Officers operated in the falling snow all around Uxbridge town centre, and along the 427 bus route.
Maurice Hartnett, superintendent of Hillingdon Police, said: "There were no specific incidents which would have caused us great concern, the overall policing operation was a success.170 people went through the screening arch and a further 100 were stopped and searched.
"We also had plain clothes policeman acting as spotters looking out for people who might peel off when they saw the screening arch and try to avoid it.
"The heavy presence acts as a deterrent to young people causing trouble, from here we will have a debrief and see what further needs to be done in terms of future operations."
There will be 100 police officers on duty across the borough each evening this week as part of their Halloween crackdown on anti-social behaviour.