Brent’s top cop reaches out to South Kilburn estate after drug busts

The walkabout followed a series of dawn swoops on the estate to take out major drug dealers

BRENT’S top cop led a delegation of officials on a walkabout in South Kilburn estate a bid to reassure residents following a series of drug busts.

Brent Borough Commander Matthew Gardner and Cllr. Lincoln Beswick (Lab: Harlesden), the council’s lead member for crime, joined Kilburn’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team on the walkabout.

The initiative followed a series of drugs raid on the notorious estate. On one raid which the Times attended in May, 250 officers stormed 12 addresses, uncovering large quantities of crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

Brent Borough Commander Matthew Gardner said: “The drugs arrests that we made on the South Kilburn Estate was the right thing to do and is something we will do again in the future. Those arrested face significant custodial sentences.

“Our links with the local council who have worked with us as a team after these events is evidenced here today. Together, we are an extremely effective team. My message is simple, Deal drugs in Brent and we will get you. Our team is bigger than yours.”

Sergeant Ed White from Kilburn Safer Neighbourhoods said the community is very supportive of the work done by local cops.

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He said: “With the assistance of local residents and business owners we hope to continue to work together to make the area a safer place to live and work.

“I appeal anyone to contact the team with information about the ongoing problems in the area.”