May 24 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Almost 400 people have been arrested by officers today during a Metropolitan Police crackdown on criminal activity.
Offences detected during Operation Big Wing have included theft, possession of class A and B drugs, possession with intent to supply, burglary, robbery, handling stolen goods and possession of an offensive weapon.
The arrests include a 35-year-old man detained on suspicion of absconding from prison after he was found hiding in a loft at a house in Beckenham.
It is believed the man had escaped from an open prison in Kent in November 2009 and had been circulated as wanted ever since.
Officers also found around a half of a kilogram of what is believed to be crack cocaine, evidence of its production, white powder - believed to be cutting agent - and around £3,000 cash at an address in Walworth.
A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody at a south London police station.
Officers also seized a CS canister and asp from an address in Kingston and a stun gun from a property in Waltham Forest.
Meanwhile, officers in Bromley raided a cannabis factory and seized 80 plants and in Kensington and Chelsea, officers seized more than £35,000 of designer handbags and arrested a woman on suspicion for money laundering and theft
And in Westminster, police seized a Porsche. The vehicle was taken away from the address pending further inquiries. No arrests have been made.