Armed police to patrol Brent streets after series of shootings
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Armed police will be patrolling the streets of Brent following an increase in shootings in the borough.
The dedicated unit, named SCO19, will also be rolled out in five other boroughs namely Hackney, Lambeth, Southwark, Newham and Tower Hamlets, which have also seen a spike in gun crime.
The number of gun crime incidents in London since January is 122 compared with 226 for the entire 2015.
On March 9 Oliver Tetlow was shot dead after a gunman opened fire with in Church Road, Harlesden.
The killer used a ‘high-powered weapon’ believed to be an ‘Uzi’ before fleeing in a dark coloured car with blacked out windows.
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Detectives investigating the murder believe the 27-year-old was not the intended target.
Several arrests have been made in connection with his murders but to date no one has been charged.
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Between April 22 and May 1 at least a further SIX people were shot in Brent in two double shootings and a suspected third.
On April 22 a man and a woman were shot in Hilltop Avenue, Stonebridge, and two days later two men in their 20s were shot in Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury.
A fifth victim was gunned down at a party in Grove Way, Wembley, on May 1, and on the same day a sixth shooting victim made his own way to hospital where he was treated for a gunshot injury.
He refused to tell the police where he was shot but officers believe it may have been at the same party.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met’s commissioner, announced the armed police patrols as part of Operation Viper which was launched yesterday.
Led by the Met’s trident and gang crime command, Viper will consist of a team of 50 officers and includes detectives from the serious and organised crime command (SCO7), uniformed officers from all six boroughs, and the task force, including the territorial support group and the dogs unit.
A series of raids targeting suspect gun criminal will also take place across the borough and officers will carry out Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operations where suspect cars are stopped, weapon sweeps, and intelligence-led stop and search.
Sir Bernard said: “Our officers will use all their powers to take on the gunmen and those that supply them. If you know of someone who has access to a gun or supplies others with a gun - please tell us either where the guns are or who has them.”
The Met is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information leading to the recovery of firearms, together with the arrest and prosecution of those in criminal possession of them.
Anyone who has any information about people can call 020 7230 8401.