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UPDATE: 12 arrested in Bexley in London-wide Operation Big Wing

PUBLISHED: 09:49 01 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:50 01 March 2013

Twelve people were arrested in Bexley as part of capital-wide Operation Big Wing on Wednesday.

Arrests across the borough included people suspected of common assault, fraud, domestic violence, theft, immigration and possession of drugs during Operation Big Wing last Wednesday.

One arrest saw £3,000 cash, a Mercedes vehicle and drugs seized by officers.

Ten drivers were also slapped with fixed penalty notices for driving offences.

Crime prevention stalls were held at six locations across the borough, including at supermarkets in Welling, Sidcup and Erith, and 1,000 crime prevention leaflets were handed out.

Ch Supt Simon Letchford said: “Gang violence, drugs and knife crime are serious 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 that blight the daily lives of too many people.

“Today’s operation is about showing Londoners 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.”

A total of 151 police officers and volunteers helped with the operation across Bexley and 600 people were arrested across London.

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