25 arrests made as Bromley Police target thieves in dawn raids

PUBLISHED: 09:37 26 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 26 July 2013

Bromley officers performed dawn raids across Bromley, making 25 arrests as part of Operation Big Wing.

Bromley officers performed dawn raids across Bromley, making 25 arrests as part of Operation Big Wing.


Dawn raids saw 25 people arrested across Bromley yesterday as police across London targeted thieves.

The day of action also targeted those who deal in and sell stolen goods, with search warrants executed in Chislehurst, Mottingham, Biggin Hill and Bromley.

A total of nine people were arrested for theft, including one person who stole from a charity shop.

Five people were arrested for burglary, four for robbery and another four for carrying equipment intended for use in a burglary.

There were also arrests made for handling stolen goods and drug offences.

Around 7,500 officers were out in force across the capital’s 32 boroughs, aided by special units including the Safer Transport, Traffic, Dogs, the Marine Support Unit and Specialist Crime.

A range of tactics were used to catch criminals, including plain clothes patrols in robbery hot spots, weapon sweeps, licensing checks and knife arch operations.

Ch Insp Katrina Smith, of Bromley Police, said: “Crimes like burglary, robbery and theft can have a huge impact on the people who are victims.

“By targeting those people responsible, plus the networks they use to sell on stolen property or trade for drugs we aim to make our streets a hostile place for them to operate.

“We would also ask you to take extra care of your valuables. Many of the thefts are taking place during the day in shops and cafes but at night the problem moves to bars and nightclubs.

“People are naturally distracted in these environments, so we will also be working with the owners, giving crime prevention advice and information about local criminals to help them keep their customers safe and keep the thieves out.”

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