Police and residents tackle Brixton gang crime in day of action against disorder


The operation was deemed a success


By SWLondoner staff

Brixton residents can feel safer after this week’s day of action against crime and disorder.

The operation, put together by Lambeth Council, Lambeth Police and the Trident Central Gangs Unit, worked to reduce levels of robbery, theft, begging and violence.

Specialist officers joined with police cadets and residents to take part in weapons sweeps in Brixton parks, netting 23 shotgun cartridges, six knives and an imitation firearm.

Councillor Jack Hopkins, Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, said the day was a great success.

“A small number of people in the borough are involved in gang related crime and violence. On Wednesday the community spoke, telling these people their behaviour is unacceptable,” he said.

“I was out in Brixton during the day. The level of gang related violence dropped to zero on the day of this operation and it has also helped reduce the risk of further gang activity. We will continue to do all we can to address this issue.”

Sessions for residents were also on offer to give advice on job hunting, dog chipping, alcohol awareness and give people the chance to share their experiences of anti-social behaviour.

In the build-up to the day of action council workers and residents received training from Trident in carrying out a weapons sweep, to help put an end to the practice of gang members hiding weapons in public places to avoid being arrested.

The day also involved Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, street pastors, police cadets, Job Centre Plus, London Fire Brigade, housing associations, neighbourhood watch groups, and South London charities Options 4 Change and Word 4 Weapons.

Photo courtesy of brizzlebornandbred, with thanks.

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