Gangs in London 'spreading wings' to deal drugs across UK

Gangs from London are increasingly "spreading their wings" to seek markets for drugs in other parts of the country, a Metropolitan Police officer has warned. A notorious gang was targeted in a series of early morning raids across London yesterday.

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London gangs 'spreading wings' to deal drugs

Gangs from London boroughs are increasingly "spreading their wings" to seek markets for drugs in other parts of the country, a Metropolitan Police officer has warned.

The warning came a day after co-ordinated raids in the Thames Valley, Edinburgh, Essex, Bedfordshire and London in which 29 people were arrested in an operation targeting the south London-based GAS gang.

Gangs "spreading their wings" to seek markets for drugs. Credit: PA

But the senior officer who speaks on gangs for the Association of Chief Police Officers said "significant headway" was being made in dealing with gang-related crime, with a decrease in gun and knife crime.

Deputy Chief Constable David Thompson of West Midlands Police told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that gangs had always relocated in search of opportunities to make money or in response to pressure from police on their home turf.

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London gang 'extending network' to get more money

A total of 29 arrests were made in 24 hours. The raids were the latest phase of a police crackdown on the so-called GAS gang - which is based in Lambeth - that has seen a total of 88 arrests.

It's a London-based gang but they're extending their drugs network and finding new markets to ensure they get more money.

They've got their tentacles into Home Counties and further afield because they want to expand the amount of profit they can get.

The reason we target them is that we still get the associated violence in London when they return.

– Detective Chief Inspector Tim Champion, Met Police

Notorious gang targeted in a series of police raids

A notorious gang has been targeted in a series of early morning raids across the UK. Classed as one of the most high harm criminal networks in London, the Guns and Shanks group is involved in drug dealing and serious violence including attempted murder.

This morning's police raid in south London Credit: ITV News

Police carried out a series of early morning raids today, including 12 warrants in London and another 11 elsewhere - including two in the Thames Valley, one in Essex, one in Bedfordshire and two in Scotland.

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