Police day of action judged a success

OFFICERS across Thurrock were cracking down on crime last Wednesday, April 6 as part of a targeted operation co-ordinated by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

A safety arch was deployed at Chafford Hundred railway station footbridge to detect people travelling to the retail area to commit crime. More than 230 people passed through the safety arch, and no weapons were found.

Chief Insp Paul Moor, Thurrock district commander, said: “Safety arches are an effective way for us to deal with people travelling to the area with the intention of committing crime.

“Knife crime isn’t a massive problem in this area, but we have found that deploying safety arches not just in Thurrock but across the whole county, is very effective in spotting people that may have something to hide, whether that be drugs or a weapon.

“I am pleased to say that we didn’t find any weapons, and our presence here as part of the day of action has sent a strong message to those wanting to come here to commit crime that we will catch them and we will deal with them robustly.”

A warrant was executed in Gaylor Avenue, Tilbury, and cannabis plants were recovered. A 53-year-old man from Tilbury was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs. He has been charged with producing a Class B substance, and will appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on April 21 at 9.30am. A 52-year-old woman from Tilbury was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs and was given a caution.

A warrant executed in Victoria Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill saw police uncover a small amount of cannabis. A 41-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were given a street caution for possession of cannabis.

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, who leads the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “I’d like to thank colleagues on both sides of the water who have done a sterling job on what has been a complex operation.

“The results speak for themselves. The day’s activity will undoubtedly make our communities safer, and more enjoyable places to be. Anyone who thinks it is acceptable to make life miserable for others by behaving illegally should expect to be brought to justice.”

Officers from divisions across the whole of Kent and Essex executed a series of warrants throughout the day. They targeted those involved in a wide variety of crimes from burglary and other theft related offences including vehicle and metal theft, handling stolen goods, and drug supply at all levels from street dealers to suppliers.

This is the second large-scale Day of Action co-ordinated by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate since its formation in June 2010. The Directorate is one of the largest divisions in UK policing dedicated to tackling serious and organised crime, with more than 1,100 officers and staff working together across both counties.

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