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Seven arrested in Bromley as police target phone thieves across London

PUBLISHED: 16:33 25 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:33 25 July 2013

An officer searches a car earlier today in Bromley as part of Operation Big Wing.

An officer searches a car earlier today in Bromley as part of Operation Big Wing.

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A London-wide day of action targeting mobile phone thieves led to seven arrests in Bromley earlier today.

Eight warrants have been carried out so far by officers in Chislehurst, Mottingham, Biggin Hill and Bromley, with four people being arrested on suspicion of robbery, two on suspicion of theft of motor vehicles and one on suspicion of drug offences.

A quantity of drugs and suspected stolen goods have been recovered.

Specialist units including the Territorial Support Group, Safer Transport, Traffic, Dogs, and Specialist Crime are supporting officers in all London boroughs for the operation codenamed Big Wing.

Ch Insp Katrina Smith, of Bromley Police, said: “Today is about the police delivering a highly visible, targeted operation, using a huge range of tactics to stop thieves.

“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 the public to take extra care of their 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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