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Met Police launch new gun crime operation across the capital

PUBLISHED: 10:21 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:21 10 December 2015

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Operation Kestrel has already seized eight firearms

A new operation tackling gun crime in the capital has taken eight firearms in since it was launched on Sunday.

So far eight firearms, four knives, two swords, and around 19kilos of various drugs have been seized.

Operation Kestrel has also led to eight arrests.

The arrests and seizures have been as a result of weapon sweeps, intelligence led operations, search warrants and directed patrols by Armed Response Vehicles and officers from Operation Trident.

Detective chief superintendent Kevin Southworth, in charge of the Trident and Area Crime Command, said:

“Back in June this year we launched a Met wide crackdown on knives to stop the rise in knife crime. To date this has led to 6,000 arrests and more than 1,000 knives have been taken out of circulation. Now we are using similar tactics to turn our focus on gun crime.

“Using a range of tactics from the highly covert to the very overt we will make it as hard as possible for criminals to carry or hide guns or indeed to supply them to others

“We are determined to make getting hold of a gun as difficult as possible by targeting those who convert or manufacture guns, seeking out hiding places to disrupt their use and identifying those who carry guns for others.”

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