Operation Target: Cops raid homes in Wembley and Willesden

Police launch six-month drive targeting suspected burglars, robbers and violent criminals

Three men are being questioned after officers raided three addresses in Wembley as part of the Met’s London wide crackdown on robberies, burglaries and violent crime.

A 37-year-old was arrested for handling stolen goods after cops stormed a house in Bridge Road and two men age 22 and 42 are being quizzed on suspicious of possessing drugs after separate raids in Rugby Avenue and Chaplin Road.

A third address in Walm Lane, Willesden, was also targeted as part of Operation Target, but no arrests were made.

The initiative, which will last for six months, is one of the biggest ever carried out by the Met.

So far it has resulted in 94 arrests on suspicion of offences including possession of firearms, burglary, supply of drugs, public order and theft.

Officers have also seized three sawn off shotguns, a revolver, around 100 cannabis plants after storming 194 addresses across London.

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In one address alone officers found 100 mobile phones.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, accompanied officers as they raided an address in Tottenham, north London, where the startled resident of the property asked him ‘what the f**k are you doing here?’.

Commander Maxine de Brunner, who is leading Operation Target, said: “Target is a long-term drive to reduce crime and keep it down.

“Burglars, robbers and drug dealers should take heed as their crime funded life styles may soon be ending.”

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