Operation Big Wing to target “lower level” offenders blighting communities

07:27 27 February 2013

Anti-social behaviour and uninsured drivers will be among the people targeted by the Met Police today.

Operation Big Wing will see borough officers joined by specialist officers to carry out arrests, search warrants, licensing enforcement, ANPR operations, high visibility patrols and a range of other activity.

Police will also be holding street briefings and surgeries across London’s 32 boroughs to tell the public what is being done to tackle crime and disorder.

Ch Supt Simon Letchford said: “Gang violence, drugs, and knife crime are serious, high harm crimes that can sadly have a devastating and lasting effect on local communities; however, there are also many other issues which might be seen as ‘lower level’ offences, such as anti-social behaviour or uninsured drivers, that we know can and do blight the daily lives of too many people.

“Today’s operation is about showing Londoners that we have listened to their concerns and we are committed to taking robust preventative and disruptive action to stop this criminal activity and make their communities safer. It’s also about warning those intent on breaking the law and engaging in criminal activity that we will be doing everything we can to stop them, and wherever possible we will be putting them before the courts.

“Officers from every part of the Met have been mobilised and will be out and about on your streets today, tackling the crimes that affect your neighbourhood. You will see police carrying out licensing checks, uninsured vehicle checks, executing search warrants, and patrolling your local transport hubs throughout the day.

“Some of you will notice police surgeries where you can drop in to speak to an officer about your concerns; or street briefings, where you can listen in and find out what police are doing to make your neighbourhood safer. All members of the public are encouraged to engage with the officers, get some crime prevention advice, ask questions.

“We are here to serve the public, and we hope today’s activity will be one way of showing some of what we do every day to make London safer for our communities.”

The units and departments involved include all 32 London boroughs, Dog Support Unit, Mounted Branch, Territorial Support Group, Firearms Command, Trident and Gang Crime Command, Air Support Unit, Royal Parks Command, Traffic Unit, Special Constabulary, Police Cadets and Safer Transport Command.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “Today should send a clear message - if you’re a criminal all of the Met’s officers and staff are working to catch you.

“The Met has an array of specialist experts as well as professional local officers who work daily to keep Londoners safe.

“This Big Wing operation brings them visibly together and the public should see them working to cut crime.”

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Operation Viper will see more armed police on London's streets  (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Armed police patrols will target gun crime hotspots across the capital after a rise in the number of shootings, as Scotland Yard says there are more guns on the streets.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Medics and firefighters at the scene of the blast in Stamford Hill yesterday (Picture: @999London)

The 30-year-old man who died following a catastrophic blast in a Stamford Hill flat has been named locally as Tony Greatrix.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
A 17-year-old Dagenham man is helping police with their enquiries following an acid attack on Sunday. Picture: PA images

A 17-year-old Dagenham boy has been arrested in relation to an acid attack at a train station which left five teenagers in hospital.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Minh Chi Lam has been jailed for sexually attacking two teenagers (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

A nail technician from Hackney who sexually assaulted two teenagers at nail salons on Amhurst Road and Mare Street has been jailed for four and a half years.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Eleanor de Freitas was mentally ill, and her father  wants the first inquest into her death quashed so that there can be a new investigation into the Crown Prosecution Service decision to prosecute (Photo: PA Wire)

The father of a trainee accountant who killed herself days before she faced court on suspicion of making a false rape claim is fighting for a fresh inquest into her death.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A lorry driver has been arrested after a 25-year-old woman was killed in a cycling accident in Croydon yesterday afternoon. death of a cyclist.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport