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Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

As part of the Metropolitan Police Service’s continued drive to tackle violent crime in the capital, officers have targeted some of the most dangerous and wanted offenders resulted in over 850 arrests in just under four months.

The Met-wide approach to arresting the individuals involved the efforts local officers across all London boroughs combined with specialist teams such as Violence Suppression Units; the Violent Crime Taskforce; Operation Venice and Roads and Transport Policing. Together they have amplified their ongoing activity to identify and pursue these offenders.

Between 1 July and 26 October, 873 high harm offenders were arrested across the MPS and efforts continue throughout the Autumn Nights campaign to bear down on violence.

The suspects are classed as high harm as they are either wanted in connection with violent offences such as robbery and GBH, or they are wanted for other offences but they are known to have a violent background.

Wanted people are individuals who are being actively sought and suspected of committing or being involved in crime.

The number of outstanding high harm offenders changes on a daily basis as a result of enforcement activity, and as people enter and exit the criminal justice system.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Hill, from the Violent Crime Taskforce, said:

“Some of London’s most prolific and dangerous individuals have been taken off the streets in what has been a truly Met-wide effort.

“Targeting wanted individuals is not new activity and we are always arresting high harm offenders as a business as usual policing approach. It is crucial to seek out those we believe to be involved in violent offences in order to keep communities safe.

“This enhanced activity to target wanted individuals linked to violence was born out of the pandemic and continues as part of the annual Autumn Nights campaign.

“The public will continue to see significant operational activity to deter offenders from returning to crime and to suppress violence in all its forms.”

+ Communities also have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime and we urge anyone who may have information to tell us, so that we can tackle violence together. We need information about crime or those who carry a weapon, or those that exploit people for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website.

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