Crime operation in Brent help makes it a better place to live

Officers in Brent, who targeted criminal activity and anti-social behaviour during ‘Operation Hope’, made 55 arrests and removed 10 knives from the streets.

The operation was launched in partnership with the London Borough of Brent on Monday, 5 February in response to increased criminality on the borough which negatively impacted residents, local businesses and visitors to the area.

Between Monday, 5 February and Sunday, 18 March the following results were achieved:

– 55 people were arrested or issued with penalty charges.
– 31 street searches for weapons were conducted, where 10 knives, a metal bar and drugs were seized.
– 218 stop and searches were conducted.
– 52 stop and accounts were conducted.
– Two vehicles were seized.
– £25,000 in cash was seized.
– 555 penalty charge notices were issued by Brent Council Parking Department.
– Two search warrants were executed at High Street and Clive Court Harlesden.
– Eight community meetings were held to discuss the impact of violent crime and drug use on the community.

Brent residents praised the high-visibility patrols carried out by officers and the increased policing presence over the six week period.

Acting Chief Inspector Pete Weaver said: “We are committed to keeping Brent safe and acting on community concerns, which is why we launched Operation Hope.

“We will continue to disrupt crime and prosecute those responsible to make the streets of Brent a hostile place for criminal activity.”

Karina Wane, Head of Community Protection at Brent Council, said: “This operation marks an important step in our efforts to build stronger links in the community and deliver our Safer Brent programme for local residents.

“We’re going to continue to work together with our partners in the MPS, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and community itself to tackle the issues that residents have told us they want to see prioritised; including violent crime, gangs and antisocial behaviour.”

++ The 55 arrests included possession of points and blades, possession of class A drugs, possession of cannabis, posession with intent to supply class A and B drugs, drink driving, robbery and failure to appear at court.