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"Five of Bexley's most active criminals" now behind bars

PUBLISHED: 10:02 18 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:10 18 August 2015

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Police have arrested 70 people

A quintet of burglars and drug dealers who police described as “five of Bexley’s most active criminals” have been jailed for a total of 18 years.

George Knight, 23, of no fixed abode, was jailed for five years and four months for four counts of burglary, three counts of supplying class A drugs, one count of dangerous driving and two counts of handling stolen goods.

George Wheeler, 19, of Mossdown Close, Belvedere, was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment for two counts of burglary, supplying cocaine and possession of a Taser.

Sean Hart, 29, of Victory Lodge, Chichester Wharf, Erith, was given three years and nine months in prison for two counts of burglary and four counts of theft.

Matthew Francis, 22, of Patricia Court, Upper Wickham Lane, Welling, was jailed for three years and nine weeks for stealing a mobile phone and offering to supply cocaine.

Josh New, 22, of Galleon Close, Erith, was imprisoned for 20 months for three counts of supplying cocaine.

All five admitted all the offences at Inner London Crown Court.

Police say their arrests were part of a two-year operation to dismantle criminal networks suspected of committing hundreds of crimes, including violent crime, burglary, theft, drug dealing, fraud, car crime and money laundering. Some 70 people were arrested as part of the operation in March.

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