Police arrest 12 as part of Operation Big Wing crackdown on mobile phone thieves

PUBLISHED: 14:30 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:30 24 May 2013

Arrests were made in St Paul's Cray after a raid at this barber's shop.

Arrests were made in St Paul's Cray after a raid at this barber's shop.


Drugs, mobile phones and a stolen motorbike were uncovered by Bromley Police yesterday as part of the London wide Big Wing operation.

Looking to crack down on mobile phone thieves, borough officers arrested 12 people and executed a total of 11 search warrants on the properties of suspected gangs, burglars and drug dealers.

Among those arrested were two people in Penge found to have £10,000 worth of cocaine in their flat, a person in Mottingham found to be in possession of a stolen Suzuki motorbike and two people in St Paul’s Cray for burglary and immigration offences after a raid at a barber’s shop.

Officers uncovered Class A and B drugs, cash and a total of 127 mobile phones during the raids.

Det Ch Insp Andy Furphy, from Bromley Police, said: “This operation was about the Met delivering a concerted and targeted operation, using a huge range of tactics, to stop those people who make our streets an unsafe place to be.

“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.”

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