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Dangerous dogs seized by police

PUBLISHED: 11:20 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:47 25 August 2010

FIVE dogs were seized by police and three people arrested following dawn raids. Police officers from Greenwich targeted addresses in Plumstead last Tuesday as part of Operation Colverin, a joint venture between the Met Dog Status Unit and the Greenwich P

FIVE dogs were seized by police and three people arrested following dawn raids.

Police officers from Greenwich targeted addresses in Plumstead last Tuesday as part of Operation Colverin, a joint venture between the Met Dog Status Unit and the Greenwich Police Disruption team.

The operation's aim is to seize illegal and dangerous dogs with the assistance of the RSPCA.

Detective Sergeant Doug Skinner, who heads up the team, said: "We have been acting on intelligence provided mostly by members of the public and I am pleased with the result of the operation. Anyone with a dangerous or illegal dog will face police actions and might have the dog seized. We will not tolerate anyone keeping illegal dogs in the borough."

A Pit Bull Terrier, spotted being walked with a jaw-strengthening implement, commonly used in dog fighting, was seized from an address in Barnfield Road, Plumstead.

Following an arrest for burglary, two dogs were seized at premises in Burrage Road. Both dogs are believed to be Pit Bull Terriers.

An address in Gallosson Road was also targeted following a tip off that a dangerous dog had been used to commit a robbery. The dog was identified as being a Pit Bull Terrier and seized.

A dog was also seized on suspicion of being a Pit Bull Terrier from an address in Prince Henry Road, Charlton.

A further address in Plumstead was raided following the discovery of an advertisement selling Pit Bull Terrier puppies, but no dogs were found at the scene.

Three people were arrested for possession of dangerous or prohibited dogs and are being held at a South East London Police Station.

DS Skinner asked anyone with information about dangerous dogs to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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