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Knife and Drug Gang Crackdown in London


Over 80 arrests have been made in London in a widespread and multi-force crackdown on drug gangs operating in and out of the capital city.

The Metropolitan Police force announced on Thursday the arrest of 85 people on knife, weapons, and drugs offences, and claimed to have confiscated some 28 knives or other weapons, made 40 seizures of drugs and impounded 57 vehicles.

The arrests came under Operation Pandilla, which ran from April 26th to 28th, in which The Met collaborated with the Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Surrey, and British Transport police forces, The Met said in a statement.

The statement claimed that drug gangs have increasingly taken to operating on the borders of police jurisdictions, using the rail network and often stolen, high performance vehicles in order to evade detection from law enforcement.

The Met also claimed that there has been a reduction across the board for serious violent crime during the April 2021 to March of this year in comparison to the 2019/20 recording period.

The London police force said that there was a 39 per cent decline in robberies, a 21 per cent decline in knife crimes for those under 25, and a 17 per cent decline in homicides.

The police force did not comment on whether lockdown restrictions played a role in the recorded declines.

The arrests come after a particularly bloody three day weekend bank holiday in the British capital, which saw two people killed, one of whom was stabbed to death outside of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The weekend also saw two people shot, two people left in life threatening conditions, and a woman raped. Seven people were also arrested after a street brawl involving weapons broke out in Enfield.