Mar 15 2012 by Jessica Thompson, Harrow Observer
FOLLOWING 23 raids on addresses that were under investigation for an alleged conspiracy to loot a commercial premises during the summer disorders of 2011, 17 men appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, March 9.
A further individual linked to this matter was charged the evening before and remanded in custody to Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, where his case will be linked to the others.
As promised, Detective Superintendent Kershaw held a second public meeting to brief the residents of Stonebridge about the raids of the previous week. This meeting was attended by a much larger group.
Mr Kershaw repeated his apology for the error in location the previous week and, by the end of his presentation, residents were asking if he would make himself available in the future for updates on crime generally.
Police have also arrested a young man in connection with a suspected gang-related stabbing on a double-decker bus in Sudbury on the afternoon of February 28. The 14-year-old was remanded into custody pending trial.
Officers investigating this crime executed six search warrants on the same evening of the 23 raids. Many officers worked through the night to tackle this.
On a separate note, officers from the 2 Area TSG assisted Brent officers in apprehending one of the borough’s most wanted individuals.
He was wanted on four warrants for a variety of offences, which include alleged crimes of violence.
On top of these examples of what we have been doing this week, in total we arrested 241 people.
This week I have centred attention on the detective world and the excellent work my officers are doing for you. Next week I will focus on uniformed response officers.
As ever, if you have any information, we will act. You can call us on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, call 101 (24 hours a day, seven days a week to report non-urgent crime or disorder), or your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team – you can access details via the Metropolitan Police website at www.met.police.co.uk.
Always call 999 in an emergency.
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Thank you for your continued support.