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Tackling drug dealing in south London

News   •   Aug 21, 2019 15:30 BST

A total of 86 arrests have been made during a six-week operation aimed at tackling drug dealing and linked crime.

Known as Operation Perseus, the proactive operation has been running since July 2019 and was launched as a direct response to community concerns about drug dealing, and associated violence and anti-social behaviour.

Nearly 100 warrants under Section 8 of the Police and Crime Act 1984 have been executed at addresses across Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley by the South East Area proactive policing teams over the summer.

The final arrest phase of the operation - where a number of warrants were executed at addresses in south east London - happened on Wednesday, 21 August. Two men were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and taken into custody, and a quantity of Class A drugs was seized.

Of those arrested, 81 people have already been charged and many of those have been remanded pending future court appearances.

Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, of the South East Basic Command Unit (BCU), said: “Operation Perseus began as a direct response to concerns from locals about drug dealers causing misery in the areas they operate. Following an investigation, we executed a number of warrants. I hope our efforts demonstrate the Met’s commitment to listening to communities and acting accordingly. 

“Whilst the causes of violent crime are complex and wide-ranging, we regularly see drug dealing inextricably linked with a high proportion of violence in London. We regularly see young people and the more vulnerable within our communities, targeted and exploited by those who seek to peddle drugs, often instigating violent acts and placing people at risk of harm and criminalisation in the process.

"Across the Met, we are doing this kind of work every day to make the capital a better and safer place and we will continue to prioritise and respond to concerns from communities."

Communities have a vital role to play in tackling drug dealing and linked criminality, and community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but prevent crime. Please help us to keep London safe. If you aren’t comfortable speaking directly to the police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They do not ask your name or trace your call. You can also contact Crimestoppers online

Any young people who have information about violence or knife crime, can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously – your IP address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.