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Criminal Law: Drug dealers beware - Scotland Yard launches 'war on crime'

Operation Hawk, a crackdown on drug crime across London's 32 boroughs, is taking place in London today (24 November). The idea was conceived by recently-appointed Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

In just one day, hundreds of raids on suspected criminals' houses are being carried out by some 4,000 'Safer Neighbourhood' officers, PCSOs and specialist officers.

The operation is based on a similar one carried out by Mr Hogan-Howe when he was chief of Merseyside police and relies on members of the public to provide the police with information about local crime.

Mr Hogan-Howe said: "It's all about responding to local concerns and acting on them to crack down on crime rapidly and effectively.

"The idea is that we take our intelligence to a magistrate, ask for a warrant and 'put the doors in' as quickly as possible right across London.

"It's a renewed emphasis on Safer Neighbourhoods teams making the most of local intelligence and acting on it.

"To help us do this, we need to encourage communities to talk to us and report concerns, but then we must reward this trust by delivering swift results and telling people what action we have taken."

Locals were alerted to the campaign through a series of radio adverts calling for people to report suspected local criminals.

A further campaign is hoped to be carried out which will involve handing out flyers and newsletters in communities to encourage people to report crime.

Acting Commander Carl Bussey said: "Informing the public of the action taken in response to information received is as important as doing the operations.

"Only with the public's support and information can we effectively tackle the issues that are of concern to communities."

The Metropolitan Police are tweeting the arrests they make in the operation. They have already raided a cannabis factory in Havering and made many more arrests across the city.

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