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Bromley officers join others across London to tackle criminals on the move

PUBLISHED: 11:10 13 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:10 13 September 2013

Officers stop a driver during Operation Lockdown on Wednesday.

Officers stop a driver during Operation Lockdown on Wednesday.

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Bromley Police joined forces with a number of other London boroughs to tackle travelling criminals on Wednesday.

Operation Lockdown saw officers from eight south-east London boroughs work alongside specialist units to make 40 arrests for offences including burglary, drugs, money laundering and fraud.

Among those arrested was a man in Croydon who attempted to avoid officers using automatic number plate recognition. Checks later revealed the car he was driving had been stolen in a burglary that morning.

Elsewhere a driver in Bexley was stopped by officers, who found him carrying fake cash.

South area comm Simon Letchford said: “We are absolutely determined to crack down on travelling criminals who create misery and distress for residents in our communities.

“Wednesday’s operation was all about safeguarding our communities, making the best use of established and live intelligence about suspicious vehicle movements and activity in the area.”

“The stark message to those engaged in crime or travelling into the area to commit crime is that there is nowhere to hide, operations like this will be continuing, you will be stopped and wherever possible we will be putting you before the courts.”

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