THIS week Brent police have carried out a number of operations which were aimed at addressing serious youth violence, anti-social behaviour and other issues which impact on the community.
On February 24 and 25, Brent police took part in Operation Condor, a London-wide initiative to visit licensed premises.
For Brent this included visits to public houses, bookmakers shops, pawnbrokers, cash converters and licensed restaurants and bars. In addition members of the Brent police cadets took part in test purchase operations at identified premises, attempting to buy alcohol and cigarettes when clearly under-age.
Final results showed that 65 public houses were visited and 71 bookmakers.
A small number of licensing offences were uncovered, but there were 11 arrests made directly from these visits for burglary, robbery, possession of drugs and possession of a knife.
A machine which can detect drugs residue was used on Saturday evening and almost 100 people were tested, leading to some of them being further searched by police officers. In total there were 76 stop and searches during operation Condor.
Police cadets were deployed 33 times, uncovering four offences which are being dealt with by way of summons
Sixteen Pawnbrokers were visited, identifying one piece of stolen property which was returned to the owner.
The Controlled Drinking Zone was enforced across the whole of the borough and 15 breaches were identified and these people were issued with on-the-spot fines.
Three uninsured vehicles were seized and removed from the streets.
As well as identifying offences, a huge amount of intelligence was gained around licensed premises which will greatly assist police operations in the future.
During early morning raids on Thursday, March 1, officers from Brent borough and the territorial support group searched 23 addresses across the Stonebridge Estate, Harlesden.
This action was in direct response to evidence gathered against alleged members of the Thugs of Stonebridge gang during and after the August disorder.
Sixteen people were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.
Brent officers seized 23 uninsured vehicles during Operation Cubo, the Met’s crackdown on uninsured drivers across Brent on March 1.
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