May 10 2012 by Matthew Gardner, Harrow Observer
OFFICERS reported members of the public clapping and making very vocal sounds of approval as officers raided a property on Wednesday last week.
This was one of five addresses raided in Brent as part of a cross border anti-gang initiative with police from the city of Westminster.
Three arrests were made, for offences ranging from robbery, drug possession and handling stolen property. City of Westminster police had similar good results.
The raid followed the arrest and charging of six young men in connection with an alleged inter-gang fight on a bus in the rush hour on March 14.
Detective Superintendent Steve Kershaw said: “We are determined to drive forward the Commissioner’s anti-gang strategy – to challenge violent behaviour and general criminality.
“I appeal to all those involved in criminal gang activity to turn your back on that way of life.
“Help is there for you – reach out and take it, and if you don’t and you continue to commit crime, we will use all of our powers to bring you to justice.”
On a second note, this week the stop and search application was launched in The Guardian newspaper and Wire magazine.
This app enables people to give immediate feedback via their mobile phones on their experience when being stopped by police.
The app is independent of police and was designed and driven by two young men from East London. It has now been launched nationally.
Brent has the best arrest/outcome rate from stop and search in London. It is a valuable tool that enables us to find people carrying knives, weapons, stolen goods or articles used to commit crime.
As ever, if you have any information on crime matters, we will act.
You can call us in confidence on the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111 or 101, or contact your local safer neighbourhood team. Teams can be accessed via the Metropolitan Police website, www.met.police.cu.uk.
In an emergency, always call 999. For daily updates and information about what is happening in Brent, you can follow us on Twitter at @MPSBrent. Thank you for your continued support.