'Men of violence' arrested as police smash down doors in London drug raids

8 August 2018, 09:25

Fourteen people have been arrested as police seized large amounts of drugs and a handgun during more than a dozen dawn raids across London.

Police are hopeful it will "significantly impact violent crime" in parts of the capital, which has seen a rise in the number of murder investigations this year.

Those taken into custody on Wednesday morning have been described as "men of violence" by the Metropolitan Police, who targeted 15 addresses in the southeast and northwest of the city.

Early-morning peace was shattered by shouts of "police" as 185 officers helped smash down a dozen doors in Lewisham, two in Southwark, and one in Wembley.

In New Cross - where the bulk of the class A drugs seized were being supplied - a panicked suspect threw a quantity of the narcotics out of the window, only for them to be caught by a police officer.

Among the drugs seized were cocaine and heroin, and officers also found what was thought to be a handgun wrapped in a sock.

Some of those arrested are known to have been involved in violent crime in the past - and to have carried knives.

Andy Furphy, temporary detective superintendent at the Met, said the raids were good news for London.

"The operation has gone very successfully, we found drugs at all 15 addresses we searched," he said.

"The men involved are men of violence, and drugs are intrinsically linked to violence. They are causing real harm and are the people we were after.

"I think this will significantly impact violent crime in this part of London."

Detectives are now focusing on whether any drugs had made it outside of the capital.

The raids come just a few weeks after Sky News special investigation into London's gang culture.