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Gang arrests for 'drugs and assault'

PUBLISHED: 16:37 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010

TEENAGE gangs were targeted in dawn raids across the borough in a crackdown on youth violence and knife crime. Bromley police arrested 13

TEENAGE gangs were targeted in dawn raids across the borough in a crackdown on youth violence and knife crime.

Bromley police arrested 13 people, the majority of whom were aged under 20, whilst searching 14 homes across the borough on Thursday.

The arrests were for a range of violence and drug-related offences, including suspicion of possessing a gun, robbery and assault.

Bromley detective chief inspector, Chris Smart, said: "This is part of an ongoing drive by Bromley police to tackle violence against young people.

"We recognise the vast majority of young people are not involved in violent gangs and we will seek ways of protecting them from the violent few."

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs and possession of a prohibited firearm while two women, aged 30 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of cannabis and money laundering

A 23-year-old man was also charged with robbery while a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Three boys, aged 13, 16 and 17 and a 15-year-old girl were all arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm. The youngest pleaded guilty at Bromely Magistrates on June 12 and is due to be sentenced.

A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of a public order offence was given fixed penalty notice. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of harassment and released with no further action.

A 17-year-old youth received a formal

verbal warning after being arrested on suspicion of assault

All 32 of London's boroughs have been or are yet to be involved in similar

raids as part of Operation Blunt 2,

the Met's drive to combat knife crime.

So far, 140 people have been arrested.

Vice-chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority and deputy mayor for policing, Kit Malthouse, said: "We are sending a muscular message to those who use violence in the capital - we know who you are and we are coming to get you.

"If you are in a gang, or if violence is on your agenda, we advise you to think again. If you continue, one bright morning soon, you can expect to see the inside of a police cell.

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